The advent of modern science brought deep challenges to traditional religion. Miracles, prophecy, immortal souls, absolute morality - all of these fundamental notions were challenged by the increasingly analytical and skeptical approach of modern scientists. One philosopher, Baruch Spinoza, proposed a new theology, rooted in a close analysis of the Bible, which could fit this new science and provide a sound basis for a social order. "Spinoza's Radical Theology" explains the mechanics and meaning of Spinoza's ideas and how they can inform the questions with which we still struggle today.
Charlie Huenemann is a Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University.
Introduction: Spinoza's theological project; 1: Reading scripture rightly; 2: God, as known by reason; 3: The genesis of all things; 4: Our place in the world; 5: Spinoza's republic; Conclusion: Spinoza vs. Nietzsche