Discuss Spinoza’s conception of the correct relationship between religion and politics. According to him. what is the nature of religious truth? How does he distinguish that truth from “superstition?` How does the state come into existence and what is its proper role? What kind of power ought the state to possess regarding the regulation of religion? Do church organizations have any place in politics? What rights should religious believers as well as other citizens enjoy regarding freedom of expression and worship? Apply Spinoza’s ideas to an analysis of any one of the three contemporary issues we discussed in this course: gay marriage, the death penalty, or the conflict between creationism and evolutionary biology.