Monday, November 21, 2016

the moral value of a man's creed....

     Furthermore, as men's ways of thinking vary considerably and different beliefs are better suited to different men, and what moves one to reverence provokes ridicule in another, I repeat the conclusion already stated, that everyone should be allowed freedom of judgment and the right to interpret the basic tenants of his faith as he thinks fit, and that the moral value of a man's creed should be judged only from his works.  In this way all men would be able to obey God whole-heartedly and freely, and only justice and charity would be held in universal esteem.

-Baruch Spinoza,  as culled from Samuel Shirley's second edition translation of  his Theological-Political Treatise

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