Morhof 1688 Polyhistor
Daniel Georg Morhof,
Polyhistor sive de notitia auctorum et rerum commentarii
[Lib. I, Cap. X. De libris mysticis et secretis.]
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Since the early days of Christianity, there have been some mystics who have written on Theosophy. The most celebrated of these works are the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite, including his books on the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, the Divine Names, and the Mystic Theology. Some claim that he was a disciple of Saint Paul, and there has been much debate over the authenticity of his works. Nonetheless, his writings are full of profound meditations on divine matters. Throughout history, many authors have written books of this genre, but none have been more prolific than the mystics of this and the preceding centuries. Among these authors, one of the most notable is Theophrastus Paracelsus, a man of great intellect and moral character who shed much light on the fields of medicine and physics. While many of these writers focused on esoteric theology and natural philosophy, Paracelsus often ventured into theological discussions as well. After his death, many of his works were published by others, and it is possible that these works would have been presented in a different manner had he published them himself. Therefore, it is not necessary to censor everything that has been published posthumously from his notes. Moreover, more of his books were published after his death in theological subjects than in medicine or physics. In Isaac Vossius's library, nearly all of the commentaries on the New Testament books were written by Paracelsus. In our time, Jacob Boehme, also known as the Teutonic Philosopher, was a writer of a similar genre. His mind was undoubtedly brilliant, and he was driven by a singular impulse. Some have unwisely suspected that there was some Jesuit influence in his writings. However, all of his works were the product of a single man, and they share the same style and conformity of thought. With a few exceptions, the majority of his doctrines seem to breathe the spirit of Pythagoreanism, and some of his ideas are quite mystical and complex. His psychology was translated into Latin and annotated by Angelus Werdenhagen. Henry More was among those who judged him more leniently than some harsher critics. No one has ever questioned the piety of this man. It is almost miraculous that such works could have been produced by a man who was uneducated in all other areas of knowledge.