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From Theologico-Political Treatise

Page 1 – the Preface

Chapter I - Of Prophecy.

Page 1 – of Prophecy

Page 2 – of Christ

Page 3 – miracles are unusual natural events whose cause is unknown

Page 4 – on the word Spirit and that (Deus sive Natura) has neither body or mind

Page 5 – to know the natural world is to know (Deus sive Natura)

Page 6 – questioning the prophets

Chapter II - Of Prophets.

Page 1 – knowledge of natural and spiritual phenomena cannot be gained from the words of the prophets

Page 2 – the prophets are not to be trusted in matters of the intellect

Chapter III - Of the Vocation of the Hebrews, and whether the Gift of Prophecy was peculiar to them.

Page 1– true happiness is found in wisdom and truth which all can share

Page 2 – everything happens according to natural laws

Page 3 – knowledge and control of the emotions will help establish the good life

Page 4 – the Jews are in no way exceptionally favored

Chapter IV - Of the Divine Law.

Page 1 – of Laws, man-made and natural

Page 2 – the more we know of natural phenomena the more we know of (Deus sive Natura)

Page 3 – there is no greater gift than intellect and reason. They lead to the intellectual love of (Deus sive Natura)

Page 4 –  the Bible and religious ceremonies have nothing to do with Natural law

Page 5 – the 10 commandments were conceived as laws given by a law-giver deity not as eternal truths

Page 6 – Christ was different from the prophets

Page 7 – the search for knowledge is more important than Biblical injunctions

Page 8 – conclusion – scripture and reason agree

Chapter V - Of the Ceremonial Law

Page 1 – of ceremonial law and the 10 commandments

Page 2 – on the benefits of society and the need for laws

Page 3 – on the origin of ceremonial law - but laws are best made by the governed

Page 4 – on Christian rites - briefly

Page 5 – Scriptural stories nessesary for the masses do not use logical reasoning

Page 6 – conclusion