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Boehme’s life and times before 1613

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Boehme subtly but surely benefited from the cultural enrichment of the Lutheran Reformation which had extended its impact by then from the urban populations to the rural peasantry. The period of confessional consolidation after 1555 led to polarization and conflict between the Lutherans and Calvinists over the doctrine and practices of Communion, the use of the formula of exorcism in baptism, and the doctrine of predestination. Aurora's vision of the natural order was certainly rent by the apocalyptic darkness of the devil and the light of God. As the relations of Görlitz with its Catholic emperor were restored and the new learning brought about a recalculation of time, the neighboring Lutheran territories suffered from repeated inner-Protestant controversies. Aurora's sense of apocalyptic polarization and the corollary paradox that good and evil are interrelated correspond to the interplay of order and innovation in Boehme's era and region.

Keywords: Aurora; Boehme; Görlitz; Lutheran Reformation



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