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(Theophrastus Bombastus v. Hohenheim; 1493/1494 Einsiedeln – Sep 24, 1541, Salzburg), physician, natural philosopher, mystic, and lay theologian. Besides his significant contributions to natural science and medicine, he influenced early Pietism ( J.V. Andreae, J. Arndt, V. Weigel), Hermeticism (Rosicrucians, Schwenckfelders, anthroposophy), and mysticism ( J. Böhme). The son of a Swabian physician, Paracelsus remained a nominal “Catholic” to the end of his life. More than a third of his works were theological: biblical comm…

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Gause, Ute, “Paracelsus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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