Leviathan (Books III and IV)

Thomas HOBBES (1588 - 1679)

In Books 3 and 4 of Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes elaborates on the political philosophy set forth in the first two books, by considering the nature of a Christian commonwealth. Book 3 begins with a wealth of biblical scholarship, directed at establishing the authority of Scripture while at the same time undermining modern claims to supernatural revelation that would subvert civil law. Hobbes concludes that we cannot be sure of anyone else's divine revelation, and that religious authority is therefore subordinate to civil power. Book 4, titled “Of the Kingdom of Darkness,” sets forth the various ways in which Scripture has been misinterpreted by the church, according to Hobbes, in mixing pagan elements with Christianity.

(Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Leon Mire)

Genre(s): Political Science, Early Modern, Christianity - Other

Language: English

Group: Leviathan

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter XXXII – Of the Principles of Christian Politics Carl Manchester
00:13:46
Play 02 Chapter XXXIII – Of the Number, Antiquity, Scope, Authority, and Interpreters of the Books of Holy Scripture David Higham
00:26:40
Play 03 Chapter XXXIV – Of the Signification of Spirit, Angel, and Inspiration in the Books of Holy Scripture Ashwin Jain
00:31:52
Play 04 Chapter XXXV – Of the Signification in Scripture of Kingdom of God, of Holy, Sacred, and Sacrament Sibella Denton
00:17:49
Play 05 Chapter XXXVI – Of the Word of God, and of Prophets David Higham
00:36:45
Play 06 Chapter XXXVII – Of Miracles and Their Use Sibella Denton
00:16:26
Play 07 Chapter XXXVIII – Of the Signification in Scripture of Eternal Life, Hell, Salvation, the World to Come, and Redemption Sibella Denton
00:36:06
Play 08 Chapter XXXIX – Of the Signification in Scripture of the Word Church Sibella Denton
00:05:58
Play 09 Chapter XL – Of the Rights of the Kingdom of God, in Abraham, Moses, the High Priests, and the Kings of Judah Nacelle Droll
00:32:26
Play 10 Chapter XLI – Of the Office of Our Blessed Saviour Ashwin Jain
00:19:35
Play 11 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 1 Geoffrey Edwards
00:29:10
Play 12 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 2 Geoffrey Edwards
00:37:48
Play 13 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 3 Geoffrey Edwards
00:28:28
Play 14 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 4 Geoffrey Edwards
00:20:37
Play 15 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 5 Geoffrey Edwards
00:40:04
Play 16 Chapter XLII – Of Power Ecclesiastical, Part 6 Geoffrey Edwards
00:29:22
Play 17 Chapter XLIII – Of What is Necessary for a Man's Redemption into the Kingdom of Heaven Jessica Louise
00:34:37
Play 18 Chapter XLIV – Of Spiritual Darkness from Misinterpretation of Scripture, Part 1 Jamie Ash Young
00:37:59
Play 19 Chapter XLIV – Of Spiritual Darkness from Misinterpretation of Scripture, Part 2 Sibella Denton
00:25:47
Play 20 Chapter XLV – Of Demonology and Other Relics of the Religion of the Gentiles, Part 1 Sibella Denton
00:24:33
Play 21 Chapter XLV – Of Demonology and Other Relics of the Religion of the Gentiles, Part 2 Sibella Denton
00:22:42
Play 22 Chapter XLVI – Of Darkness from Vain Philosophy and Fabulous Traditions Sibella Denton
00:42:01
Play 23 Chapter XLVII – Of the Benefit that Proceedeth from Such Darkness, and to Whom it Accrueth Sibella Denton
00:20:23
Play 24 Chapter XLVIII – A Review and Conclusion Sibella Denton
00:23:26