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Religion and the Rebel, Part 10

Religion and the Rebel, Part 10

Jacob Böhme and Friedrich Nietzsche have a few things in common, according to Colin Wilson. Both men wanted to get at the same thing: ultimate reality. We have learned that Böhme is every bit as much an existentialist as Nietzsche: As we read him, we discover that many of the things he says are not new to the student of existentialism. There is frequently a Nietzschean note; what could be more Nietzschean than this? If thou art not a spiritual…

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Religion and the Rebel, Part 9

Religion and the Rebel, Part 9

In the next section of Religion and Rebel, Wilson begins examining several important Outsiders, beginning with Jacob Boehme. I will not give lengthy biographical sketches of any of these men, as Wilson does. I am more interested in his presentation of the Outsider psychology, which begins with Boehme. With the mystic, Jacob Boehme, Wilson begins to dig into the material I am interested in: Boehme’s inner journeys. He begins by saying, “Boehme was one of the earliest psychologists.” 1 He…

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