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Boehme, Jakob (1575–1624)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-K005-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Boehme was a Lutheran mystic and pantheist. He held that God is the Abyss that is the ground of all things. The will of the Abyss to know itself generates a process that gives rise to nature, which is thus the image of God. Life is characterized by a dualistic struggle between good and evil; only by embracing Christ’s love can unity be regained. Boehme was highly regarded by such diverse writers as Law, Newton, Goethe and Hegel.

Citing this article:
Seban, Jean-Loup. Boehme, Jakob (1575–1624), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-K005-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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