Spinoza on Islam

Benedict de Spinoza writing a reply in December, 1675  to Albert Burgh,  a young “champion” of Catholicism, makes this spontaneous, striking comparison to Islam:

The order of the Roman Catholic Church which you so greatly praise, I confess, is politic and lucrative to many. I should think that there was none more suited to deceive the people and to constrain the minds of men, were there not the order of the Mahomedan Church [Islam] which far surpasses it.

From: Correspondence of Spinoza. Benedict de Spinoza (Author), A. Wolf (Translator), Kessinger Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition 2003, p. 354

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism ” (Prometheus, November, 2008)

You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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