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'In agro dominico' - March 27, 1329
The papal bull condemning Meister Eckhart 

Articles 4-6 : Good and Evil


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Eckhart writes in the end of the 13th and the start of the 14th centuries, living inside this debasement of Rome’s, and he is bold and provocative in order to make people think more. Knowing that he speaks the truth, sometimes he doesn’t even bother to explain it (he didn’t do it 'properly' even in his apology), he lets his listeners understand in a wrong way, to hold themselves responsible and repent at the time when they would discover that they understood in a wrong way, if they did, because their life was wrong, not the truth difficult. What he offers then is an enigma: if you disparage your brother, hell awaits for you and you are already in hell – yet by doing this sin-indeed!, you praise God! Why? 

This ‘why’ is Eckhart’s purpose, and this simple ‘why’ is what the papal inquisition, in spite of all infallibility and super-power, was not able to answer. Eckhart knows very well that the truth can not speak to those who haven’t ears, and he speaks sometimes in parables, “lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted...”[2] 

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Cf. A discussion on the subject of 'God-praising evil' at Elpenor's Koinonia Forum

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