Biography by Peter Landry at blupete.com.
As a pantheistic monist, Spinoza was of the belief that there is no dualism
between God and the world; we need not go beyond the immediate present experience to seek
for a being outside of it. God moves and lives in nature; the whole of it, the entire
universe is God. Nature, or God is Its own cause and is self-sufficient. (Because of his
view of God, Spinoza, during his lifetime and for a century after his death, was known as
a man of appalling wickedness.) Man, in his egotistical way has imagined God to be like
him; to be anthropomorphic in character; and, further, man imagines that this God (created
in the imagine of man) has a special interest in, and concern for man. The Spinozistic God
does not love or hate. The totality of existence, Nature, God, is far above us, and is
indifferent to our desires and aspirations, - gone is the notion of a personal God. As for
the notions of good and evil, they exist, but only to the extent that they fit our own
personal inclinations. "Such things as please us, we denominate good, those which
displease us, evil."