Theologico-Political Treatise — Part 1

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A Theologico-Political Treatise

Part 1 – Chapters I to V

Baruch Spinoza

A Theologico-Political Treatise

Part 1 – Chapters I to V

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE.

Origin and consequences of superstition.

Causes that have led the author to write.

Course of his investigation.

For what readers the treatise is designed. Submission of author to the rulers of his country.

CHAPTER I – Of Prophecy.

Definition of prophecy.

Distinction between revelation to Moses and to the other prophets.

Between Christ and other recipients of revelation.

Ambiguity of the word “Spirit.”

The different senses in which things may be referred to God.

Different senses of “Spirit of God.”

Prophets perceived revelation by imagination.

CHAPTER II – Of Prophets.

A mistake to suppose that prophecy can give knowledge of phenomena

Certainty of prophecy based on:

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