Johannes Eckhart

Birth 1260
Death 1328

Mystic theologian, whose writings on the dialectic of knowing God get right to the heart of religious consciousness. Man was originally made in the image of God, but this likeness has fallen victim to sin. Hence the only way to know God is to destroy yourself. Anyone who aspires to be spiritual should strip themselves of everything but God by cultivating inferiority, submission, repression and self-inflicted destitution. God enters into the resulting emptiness and fills it with heavenly bliss.

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