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Single Idea 4866

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 3. Divine Perfections]

Full Idea

I define God as a being consisting in infinite attributes, whereof each is infinite or supremely perfect.

Gist of Idea

God is a being with infinite attributes, each of them infinite or perfect


Baruch de Spinoza (Letters to Oldenburg [1665], 1661)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R [Dover 1955], p.277

A Reaction

This seems to me the glorious culmination of the hyperbolic conception of God that expands steadily from wood spirits through Zeus, to eventually mop up everything in nature, and then everything that can be imagined beyond nature. All very silly.