I'm reading an article about Spinoza.
There is a sentence that I don't understand,
Spinoza’s views on God, religion and society have lost none of their relevance.
From what I know, 'relevance' here seems meaning "appliances, utilities", so the whole sentence becomes "Spinoza's views on God, religion and society didn't lose their appliances, however I still don't understand it.
Checking the dictionary, 'relevance' means 'pertinence', I'm still confused about the exact meaning of the sentence, "relevant to what?" "pertinent to what?"
I google about the word, there are many sentences like "lost its relevance", does that means "lost its appliance"? or "No longer applicable"?
The whole paragraph is as:
Spinoza’s views on God, religion and society have lost none of their relevance. At a time when Americans seem willing to bargain away their freedoms for security, when politicians talk of banning people of a certain faith from our shores, and when religious zealotry exercises greater influence on matters of law and public policy, Spinoza’s philosophy – especially his defence of democracy, liberty, secularity and toleration – has never been more timely. In his distress over the deteriorating political situation in the Dutch Republic, and despite the personal danger he faced, Spinoza did not hesitate to boldly defend the radical Enlightenment values that he, along with many of his compatriots, held dear. In Spinoza we can find inspiration for resistance to oppressive authority and a role model for intellectual opposition to those who, through the encouragement of irrational beliefs and the maintenance of ignorance, try to get citizens to act contrary to their own best interests.