Anthony Grafton and Jonathan Israel on Spinoza's critique of God's word: bashing the Bible?

31 August 2012 from 19:45 to 22:00 hrs
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Meeting with Anthony Grafton and Jonathan Israel

In the seventeenth century, new text research methods upset the traditional view of the Bible. Instead of a guide to salvation inspired by the Word of God, it was demoted to a history of the Jewish people. The change led to growing doubts about traditional religious convictions.

On Friday 31 August, leading historians Anthony Grafton and Jonathan Israel will discuss the role that Spinoza’s critical investigation of the Bible, theology and religion played in this transition.
The language of communication is English.




7.15 p.m.

Arrival of participants

7.45 p.m.

Opening and welcome address by Wijnand Mijnhardt, Academy member and Professor of Comparative History of Science, Utrecht University

8 p.m.

Spinoza's hermeneutics: some heretical thoughts?, by Anthony Grafton, Professor of History, Princeton University (New Jersey, USA)

8.30 p.m.


8.45 p.m.

Did Spinoza declare war on theology and theologians?, by Jonathan Israel, Professor of History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (New Jersey, USA)

9.15 p.m.

Plenary discussion chaired by Wijnand Mijnhardt

9.45 p.m.

Presentation of Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) between Science and Scholarship, Eric Jorink and Dirk van Miert (Eds), in Brill's Studies in Intellectual History 214, Leiden and Boston (Brill 2012)

10 p.m.

Close and drinks