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  • Faith: Christianity
  • Profession: Theologian, Philosopher and Mystic
  • Lived: 1260-1328 (Late Medieval)
  • Nationality: Roman (from what is now Germany)
  • Known for: Sermons on the presence of God in the individual soul and dignity of the soul of the just man
  • Fun Fact: Reliable information on Eckhart's life is difficult to find.
  • Fun Fact: Eckhart was tired for heresy toward the end of his life.
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Eckhard is believed to have been born in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in modern day Germany. The first solid evidence found for his life comes from April 1294 when he spoke as a lecturer on "Sentences" by Peter Lombard. In the early 1300's, Eckhart was made Provincial for Saxony and was responsible for 47 convents. In 1326, Eckhart was the subject of an inquisitorial process as he was suspected of heresy. Eckhart appealed his case to Pope John XXII, but Eckhart died before the investigation was complete. Some of Eckhart's teachings continued to be viewed as suspect, but he was never actually condemned as a heretic either in life or in death.

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