Even if we did not know that our mind is eternal, we would still regard as of the first importance morality, religion, and absolutely all the things we have shown (in Part IV) to be related to tenacity and nobility.1

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The May 2012 decision by a regional court in Cologne, Germany, that the circumcision of a four-year old Muslim boy “represents grievous bodily harm,” caused an outcry among German Jews and Muslims. 2 They were rightly concerned that an overzealous concern to protect the human rights of vulnerable children had infringed on religious freedom. Moreover, the ruling demonstrated an almost unfathomable historical amnesia by the court and rights advocates. 3 Not surprisingly, Spinoza has been mentioned by some in the context of these debates. In a review published in The Forward ,...

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