Friday, March 24, 2017
24 Mar, 2017
Baruch Spinoza was born in Amsterdam and raised by Portuguese parents of the Jewish faith. He was well educated in many subjects related to scripture and mathematics, particularly geometry. Spinoza in his later years began to slowly move away from the traditional beliefs set by his parents and created a different version of what was taught about God. This form of Spinoza’s religious belief became known as Pantheism or the belief that God exists everywhere. This differed from his early teachings that God inhabits a place high in the heavens but outside the clutches of time, matter, and space. Unfortunately for Spinoza, the Jewish community in Amsterdam had eventually ostracize, condemned, and cursed him for this absurd belief. After the acknowledgement of this by Baruch from his community, Spinoza fled the city and fixed himself in The Hague (city in the Netherlands), Where he became a ‘Lens Grinder’ and private tutor. Baruch Spinoza’s odd belief sought to emphasize that God was within every aspect of nature, thus God and nature are one in the same. During his life, he wrote a book called ‘Ethics’. Inscribed was his thoughts on God, emotions, freedom, and nature detailing how they all intertwined into logical reasoning of the world and place that surrounded him. This was often looked at as being Rationalism or the belief that opinions and actions should be based on an individual’s thought through reason and knowledge on a subject rather than that of religious beliefs or emotional response.
With Spinoza’s theory in which God is Nature and they are one in the same brings up some philosophical food for thought analysis of this. If suppose God is Nature being one in the same, and that our notion that Nature is of female orientation: Wouldn’t that mean that God would be a woman and not a man? I wonder why the community of the Christian Faith has kept this idealized view that God is a man and not a woman? Seeing how a woman is the only gender in which can produce any offspring or is it to keep with the idea that a man is more of a supposed authoritative dominant figure than that of a woman because of apparent physical factors?