Spinoza's Lament in the Wilderness

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Pressured by the accelerating advancement of critical thinking, including the sciences, Christian theologies founded on Imagination-knowledge such as words, images and history, acquired through the body’s interaction with other bodies are faltering. There is a sustainable alternative in Christian theologies founded on Intellect-knowledge acquired through the mind’s interaction with ideas inherent in the mind, namely Inner Light. The latter is direct and immediate knowledge intuited in actual our union with God, by means of which our mind knows God, knows itself in God and knows itself determined by the idea of God or the spirit or idea of Christ to be reconciled to the mind of Christ, our mind replicates or reproduces. This paper considers Spinoza's critique of superstitious Imagination-knowledge based Christian thinking in light of Spinoza's Intellect-knowledge based Christian thinking. Not distinguishing between these two kinds of knowledge of Christian thinking has confused Spinoza enthusiasts and detractors. Distinguishing those two kinds of knowledge of Christian religion exposes Spinoza's efforts to present a well-grounded Intellect-knowledge based Christology and Religion. After considering Spinoza’s lament of the “old Religion” found at the opening of Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, the paper suggests why this perspective on Spinoza’s Christian Writings and Thinking has been neglected or rather missed. Finally, using Spinoza’s triangle illustration, the paper speaks to the difference between Imagination-knowledge and Intellect-knowledge in regards to Spinoza’s Christology and Christian praxis.
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