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A book forged in hell : Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age, Steven Nadler

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A book forged in hell : Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age
Title
A book forged in hell
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Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age
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Steven Nadler
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Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age
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Language
eng
Summary
"When it appeared in 1670, Baruch Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise was denounced as the most dangerous book ever published--'godless,' 'full of abominations,' 'a book forged in hell . . . by the devil himself.' Religious and secular authorities saw it as a threat to faith, social and political harmony, and everyday morality, and its author was almost universally regarded as a religious subversive and political radical who sought to spread atheism throughout Europe. Yet Spinoza's book has contributed as much as the Declaration of Independence or Thomas Paine's Common Sense to modern liberal, secular, and democratic thinking. In A Book Forged in Hell, Steven Nadler tells the fascinating story of this extraordinary book: its radical claims and their background in the philosophical, religious, and political tensions of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as the vitriolic reaction these ideas inspired. It is not hard to see why Spinoza's Treatise was so important or so controversial, or why the uproar it caused is one of the most significant events in European intellectual history. In the book, Spinoza became the first to argue that the Bible is not literally the word of God but rather a work of human literature; that true religion has nothing to do with theology, liturgical ceremonies, or sectarian dogma; and that religious authorities should have no role in governing a modern state. He also denied the reality of miracles and divine providence, reinterpreted the nature of prophecy, and made an eloquent plea for toleration and democracy. A vivid story of incendiary ideas and vicious backlash, A Book Forged in Hell will interest anyone who is curious about the origin of some of our most cherished modern beliefs."--Book jacket
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1958-
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Nadler, Steven M.
Index
index present
LC call number
B3985.Z7
LC item number
N34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Spinoza, Benedictus de
  • Spinoza, Benedictus ˜deœ
  • Spinoza, Baruch
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Religion and politics
  • Intellectual life
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Religion and politics
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands
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A book forged in hell : Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age, Steven Nadler
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The theological-political problem -- Rasphuis -- Gods and prophets -- Miracles -- Scripture -- Judaism, Christianity, and true religion -- Faith, reason, and the state -- Libertas philosophandi -- The onslaught
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780691139890
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011005960
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)702941758
  • (OCoLC)ocn702941758
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A book forged in hell : Spinoza's scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age, Steven Nadler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The theological-political problem -- Rasphuis -- Gods and prophets -- Miracles -- Scripture -- Judaism, Christianity, and true religion -- Faith, reason, and the state -- Libertas philosophandi -- The onslaught
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 279 pages
Isbn
9780691139890
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011005960
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)702941758
  • (OCoLC)ocn702941758

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