Jakob Boehme


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German Lutheran theosophical writer. He claimed in his writings to describe only what he had learnt by Divine illumination.

According to Boehme God the Father is the ‘Ungrund’, the indefinable matter of the universe, neither good nor evil, but containing the germ of either, unconscious and impenetrable. This ‘abyss’ tends to know itself in the Son, who is light and wisdom, and to expand and express itself in the Holy Spirit. The Godhead has two wills, one good and one evil, ‘love’ and ‘wrath’, which drive Him to create nature, which unfolds itself in the seven nature spirits, of which the last is humanity. The unfolding of creation is revelation, or the birth of God. Human beings accept this revelation through faith in Christ and experience the birth of God in their souls. They will then be conquerors on earth and will ultimately replace Lucifer, the fallen angel, in the heavenly city. Boehme's writings, which are very obscure, had a wide influence.

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