By Time-Life Books

ISBN-10: 0705406776

ISBN-13: 9780705406772

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This last treasure, whose full name is thought by some to be Book Mundi, or Book of the but a subsidiary activity; for besides that, they have a crucians to a they had long expected; they called him them mathematics, the true philosophers are far of little whom by his name, and showed him in the plain- and accursed gold-making we do therefore by these preanother mind, esteeming The sages of Damascus directed him covered" received the precocious boy "not as a stranger, but as one that the benefits might include les- language he could muster that "concerning the ungodly sents publicly fount.

Boehme reportedly had his first spiritual "illumination" in 1600 when, at the age of twenty-five, he sat gazing at the light reflected from a pewter dish. The revelation led the shoemaker to aban- don his trade for mystical studies. In 1612, he published his first work, Auro- ra, seeking to explain such mysteries as evil, free will, and predestination. Boehme remained a devout Lutheran and apparently was not a Rosicrucian, yet he became a leading German mystic, producing some thirty books on the secrets of God, Scholars see man mysticism man, and nature.

Agrippa growing wandered Europe's ly of Cabalistic thought that placed special emphasis on mag- ic. During the Counter Reformation, the campaign by the Catholic church to suppress the swell of Protestantism other alleged heresies, Agrippa was attacked and unfairly as a in the influence in the remote eastern areas of Christendom and would strongly color Cathar German-born Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, perhaps the brand Roman West, Manicheanism had survived at the very least as an from Reuchlin was courts, attracting followers with a fol- disillusion with the Catholic ways of its clergy.

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