Spinoza, as the philosophic founder of the critical-historical study of the Bible, was a founder – if not the founder – both of liberal Judaism and liberal Christianity.

From: The Conditions of Freedom: Essays in Political Philosophy by Harry V. Jaffa; reprint (Claremont, CA: The Claremont Institute, 2000), p. 5.  Original publication: (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975)

Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a Dutch philosopher, most of whose influence did not become apparent until long after his death.

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