The 17th century Jewish philosopher
Of Dutch origin Baruch Spinoza viewed religion
In Theological-Political Treatise as superstitious
He considered Nature and God ubiquitous
Nature encompasses all things Spinoza considered Providence.
Every aspect of its essence is reflected in good and bad experiences.
Miracles described in the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity,
And Islam could be explained through the varieties of ever-changing nature
These are natural occurrences that surprise people when such phenomena occur.
The first rainbow that humans saw must have struck them as a miracle.
But science later showed this resulted from scientific evidence.
Prophecy could be viewed as another of these phenomena.
In ancient times people were uneducated and had vivid imaginations.
Many of their delusions were motivated by vivid dreams and visions.
In modern society these ancients would be seen as having psychotic episodes.
But these visionaries appear to the Israelites to be filled with images of a Creator.
Therefore God is perceived as being human and personalized.
Nature is all things good and bad that exist in the vast Universe.
It’s more realistic to think about the Divine as Nature by an objective analysis.
God in Nature is material and immaterial.
God doesn’t have human characteristics that are alluded to in sacred texts.
This spiritual essence is universal and governs all things.
Putting a human face on God of Nature is an error that equates God with humankind.
“Divine Creator, who isn’t conservative or liberal, help people so that they will promote what’s best for the citizenry. Let them see the 20th century treatise and ethics of Spinoza as a visionary work in religion for democracies where free speech is a hallmark.”