Spinoza won…

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… maar daar is Benjamin Wiker niet blij mee.

De Utrechtse Universiteit en het Huygens Instituut mogen dan wel bezigzijn met een door de NWO gesubsidieerd project “Biblical Criticism & Secularisation” [cf hier], anderen die een heel andere focus hebben, zitten ook niet stil.

Momenteel schrijft Benjamin Wiker aan Worshipping the State. How Liberalism became our State Religion. En in maart komt uit dit boek waaraan hij samen met Scott W. Hahn enige jaren zegt te hebben gewerkt:

Scott W. Hahn & Benjamin Wiker, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700. The Crossroad Publishing Company (March 1, 2013). 978-0824599034 , 457 pages

Bij Amazon is al te lezen: Resisting the typical, dry methods of contemporary scholarship, this powerful examination revisits the biblical days of life-and-death conflict, struggles for power between popes and kings, and secret alliances of intellectuals united by a desire to pit worldly goals against the spiritual priorities of the church. This account looks beyond the pretense of neutrality and objectivity often found in secular study, and brings to light the appropriation of scripture by politically motivated interpreters. Questioning the techniques taken for granted at divinity schools worldwide, their origins are traced to the writings of Machiavelli and Marsilio of Padua, the political projects of Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, and the quest for an empire of science on the part of Descartes and Spinoza. Intellectual and inspiring, an argument is made for bringing Christianity back to biblical literacy.