You have a college education in your pocket. With all this going for you, your major contribution to society so far consists of a message board post theorizing that the castaways on Lost might be in Purgatory. About years ago, before the discovery of electricity and only years after the invention of the printing press, a barely literate German cobbler came up with the idea that God was a binary, fractal, self-replicating algorithm and that the universe was a genetic matrix resulting from the existential tension created by His desire for self-knowledge. It all started one day around A young German shoemaker was looking at a pewter dish when a dazzling ray of reflected sunlight unexpectedly turned out to be a message from God.
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You have a college education in your pocket. With all this going for you, your major contribution to society so far consists of a message board post theorizing that the castaways on Lost might be in Purgatory. About years ago, before the discovery of electricity and only years after the invention of the printing press, a barely literate German cobbler came up with the idea that God was a binary, fractal, self-replicating algorithm and that the universe was a genetic matrix resulting from the existential tension created by His desire for self-knowledge.
It all started one day around A young German shoemaker was looking at a pewter dish when a dazzling ray of reflected sunlight unexpectedly turned out to be a message from God. Many people receive messages from God. In fact, his vision contained profound theological insights well beyond his educational level, which amounted to little more than Bible study and sole-cobbling techniques. Boehme wrote about his experience and the strange thoughts which resulted, but he sensibly decided to keep these notions within his circle of close friends.
Boehme became a celebrity overnight — which was not a good thing. The local religious authorities were not amused. Luckily for Boehme, he was a Protestant and not a Catholic, so he was simply threatened with exile instead of the Iron Maiden. Inconveniently, the visions kept coming. Although he was initially deterred by the threats of the local pastor, Boehme eventually began to write again. His ideas were radical and exciting, and Boehme began to attract adherents — which again led to trouble.
His radical and exciting ideas received the exact same reception the second time around, but this time he was actually banished. Boehme received a friendlier reception in Dresden, but the positive attention there only further infuriated the clerical authorities back home.
Boehme died at the age of 49 but his ideas would live on, helping to shape a vast lineage of occultists, philosophers and lunatics for centuries to come. His concepts often reflected Eastern spiritual concepts that were not widely known in Germany at the time. Boehme began with a radical rethink of the traditional Judeo-Christian God. He threw out the traditional picture of a guy with a beard and long robes in favor of an abstract, formless deity.
Even more controversially, Boehme argued that God could not be omniscient and omnipotent, since He was eternal and unique. Prior to the initial split, God was only a potential mind with an unformed longing to know itself. After the split, God iterated into a binary-based matrix, continually increasing in complexity as He collected more and more information about Himself.
Since this tension is inherent to the design of all reality, evil and suffering are a necessary part of reality — and both originate with God. The positive force is the part of God that chose to differentiate itself in search of self-knowledge; the negative force is the part of God that seeks to return to its original unified state obliterating reality in the process.
The syzygy of the conflict between the opposite poles created a process of change — the Holy Spirit, as the continual interaction of the Father and Son through time. Boehme presented the universe as the product of the dueling forces of Father and Son, one bent on disordering and a return to unity entropy , the other bent on ordering and harmonizing in the process of differentiation organization , a formula now understood to foreshadow key concepts in chaos theory and genetic sequencing.
The human body and soul, according to Boehme, were a microcosm of the divine model, akin to the holographic universe physics model first formally proposed in the 20th century. Boehme expanded on these thoughts to develop theoretical frameworks encompassing virtually every aspect of the Christian mystical experience, covering everything from Sacred Geometry to the book of Genesis to the nature of Satan, the angels and the Antichrist.
With the basic underlying premise of creation firmly in hand, Boehme turned his attention to the details, integrating concepts from the Kabbalah and alchemy, and laying out a new foundation for scientific and especially philosophical thought that exerted a wide-ranging influence on the elite minds of the Enlightenment. His books remained difficult to find until when they were rescued from oblivion by, well, by this website.
His Von der Gnadenwahl On the Election of Grace , written the same year, examines the problem of freedom, made acute at the time by the spread of Calvinism. Early life. Here crypto-Calvinists Lutherans charged with maintaining Calvinist views , Anabaptists radical Protestants , Schwenkfeldians followers of the Reformer Schwenkfeld , Paracelsian physicians followers of the occultic physician Paracelsus , and humanists vied with orthodox Lutherans. Germinating for several years, the insight led him to commit his thoughts to paper, at first for his own use. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription.
Jacob Boehme's Aurora - electronic text-edition
Doch man kopierte ohne sein Wissen die Handschrift und verbreitete sie. Inzwischen hatte er sich mit dem Werk des Paracelsus und mit der Philosophie des Neuplatonismus vertraut gemacht, und sein schriftstellerisches Talent hatte sich fruchtbar entwickelt. Zusammen mit seiner Frau begann er, einen Garnhandel zu betreiben. Nach der Publikation von Weg zu Christo und einiger anderer Schriften wurde Richter erneut aktiv und bereitete eine neuerliche Anklage vor. Trotz Richters Tod am