Spinoza and Lessing both consider loving the neighbour as oneself to be the heart of faith, freedom and democracy, and source of true religion in the Bible. Yet both thinkers also show how since love is human, it can be practiced only in a life that is vulnerable to fear, hatred, despair, and deception, and to the superstitious judgments these unpleasant states of mind involve. Write an essay on how these authors teach lessons about human love and religion.
You are free to decide the focus of your paper, but you must include both thinkers. If most of your paper is on one thinker, make sure you devote at least 650 words (2 full pages) on the other.