Boehme: An Intellectual Biography of the Seventeenth-Century by Andrew Weeks

By Andrew Weeks

It is a biography of 1 of the main unique and one of many least understood seminal writers of the Baroque global, Jacob Boehme.
In a interval plagued by mysteries and controversies, Boehme's visionary mysticism spoke back to the vexing quandaries confronting his contemporaries. His issues incorporated the apocalyptic spiritual disputes of his day, the havoc wrought by means of the Thirty Years' warfare in his quarter, the disintegration of the outdated center ecu order, the increase of recent cosmic types from avant-garde heliocentrism to vague esoteric theories, and his exercise to specific by way of codes and emblems a brand new experience of the human, divine, and common nation-states.

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Already in 1570, a Paracelsian heresy had caused a stir of controversy. 57 The summons and interrogation were presumably mere formalities, since the medical men had a friend with influence in the city hall. < previous page page_29 next page > If you like this book, buy it! 2011 18:44:18] page_30 < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 One of the Paracelsian physicians was a man named Conrad Scheer. When Scheer died in 1615, a chronicler in the city hall archive noted that during forty years in Görlitz "the old Conrad" had never once been observed attending church, and no one even knew what he believed in.

The two irreconcilable aspects of a good and an evil nature evolve into two interpenetrating eternal worlds, the light-world and the dark-world. The moral-philosophical nucleus of Boehme's thought consists of his realization that good and evil are not simply inextricably bound up together in all things. They are the mutually conditioning, opposing Powers, without which the world could not have arisen and could not go on recreating and revitalizing itself in time. Aurora is written from the perspective of the man from the coun < previous page page_33 next page > If you like this book, buy it!

They are the mutually conditioning, opposing Powers, without which the world could not have arisen and could not go on recreating and revitalizing itself in time. Aurora is written from the perspective of the man from the coun < previous page page_33 next page > If you like this book, buy it! 2011 18:44:19] page_34 < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 try. This accounts for its unique vitality and charm among all his writings. " The tone and style of his book impart this same point of view.

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