Spinoza's droom [4] volgens Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Tussendoor moet ik toch ook nog wel even wijzen op het essay dat Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, schrijfster van Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, op 29 juli 2006 had in The New York Times n.a.v. de toen 350e  verjaardag van Spinoza’s ban. Dat essay,  "Reasonable Doubt", eindigde ze aldus:

Spinoza’s dream of making us susceptible to the voice of reason might seem hopelessly quixotic at this moment, with religion-infested politics on the march. But imagine how much more impossible a dream it would have seemed on that day 350 years ago. And imagine, too, how much even sorrier our sorry world would have been without it.”