Thursday, January 26, 2017
Hobbes, one more time...................
There is some truth to the idea that he was the enemy of religion, but only in the sense that Luther, Calvin and Jesus himself were all enemies of religion. That is to say, Hobbes was a reformer who rejected some of the dogmas of his day and proposed new ideas instead. Many religious pioneers are at first hailed as heretics or worse. Luther and Calvin were described by some Catholic writers as "atheists," which is what some Romans and other pagans in the first three centuries of our era called all Christians.
-Anthony Gottlieb, The Dream Of Enlightenment: The Rise Of Modern Philosophy