Interpretation Of God In Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

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Thomas Hobbes has been recognized as an influential thinker who , broke the tides of traditional divine political theology, and put in place the foundations for a more secular form of political philosophy. At the time were religious pretexts were paramount to the progression of society, Hobbes’s Leviathan portrayed men as creatures whose main concern was the pursuit of self preservation . Though almost half of Leviathan is dedicated to the theological explanation of God, some may argue Gods irrelevance for most of the naturalistic arguments that are put fourth. This essay will expand on Hobbes 's interpretation of a mortal type of higher power based on reason rather than a conception of a theological being. I will argue, that Hobbes’s form …show more content…
Since religion causes controversies in society, the state should be founded specifically on civil authority. For example, he believed thinking of religion gives anxiety, because men would always have to be in fear in ignorance of their wrong doings, and sins. Hobbes states “This perpetual feare, alwayes accompanying mankind in the ignorance of causes, as it were in the dark, must needs have for object something.” He then adds “In which sense, perhaps it was that some of the old Poets said that the Gods were first created by humane Feare.” He further argues that Jesus did not intend to rule the world, and did not urge Christians to do the same. According to Hobbes Christians are to just waiting for the return of Jesus where we will then establish his direct rule of the world.For this reason, he concludes Christianity does not have a right to rule, or have any obligation to attain …show more content…
He claims that,“the Kingdom of God was first instituted by the Ministry of Moses over the Jews only; and cased afterward in the election of Saul”. This argument collides with the New Testament, and the Catholic doctrine all combine. The word “Kingdom of God” also may have many different uses in the bible, like earthly kingdom, to state of mind, to Jesus, or even to a Christian Community. Verses of the bible say the” Kingdom of God is an era that has already arrived. “If I fast out devils by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you’’[Luke 11:20]. Moreover Hobbes view that the Kingdom of God is only when God returns is invalid, and cannot apply to Christianity, Judaism, or Islam because these religions believe in a continuing presence of god(by believing in his will), and do abolish away God’s sovereign right over his right to rule society for the betterment of humanity. He is the supreme

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