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Meister EckhartPhilosopher of Christianity$
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Kurt Flasch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204865

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204865.001.0001

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Spicy Nutmegs

Spicy Nutmegs

German Sermons, Part 2

(p.207) 16. Spicy Nutmegs
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Meister Eckhart's main arguments in his German sermons, with particular emphasis on his philosophy of God's Incarnation. As a philosopher of Christianity, Eckhart presented a new interpretation of Christianity and showed that God's Incarnation was the purpose of all worldly processes as an enduring present. To do this, Eckhart had to prove several points by arguing before his audience that the human soul can surpass the highest angels, for example, or by explaining the characteristic otherness of intellectual processes, the theory of creation and the theory of the Incarnation, his philosophy of the Trinity, and the specific roles of positive and negative theology. This chapter expounds on Eckhart's theory of Incarnation, and specifically his explanation of the significance of God's Incarnation in Jesus. It also examines the central passages from two of Eckhart's German sermons, 48 and 86.

Keywords:   philosophy, Meister Eckhart, German sermons, God, Incarnation, Christianity, intellect, creation, Trinity, Jesus

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