Theologia Germanica

Mysticall Divinitie

A little golden manual briefly discovering the mysteries, sublimity, perfection, and simplicity of Christianity, in belief and practice.

Although the author of this work is unknown, we do know the author was a knight of the Teutonic order; one who considered himself, and was considered by his contemporaries, an orthodox member of the Latin Church; that his friends and disciples were principally monks exercising a great influence in the Catholic Church of their days; that one of their leaders was appointed by Pope John XXII. Nuncio and overseer of the Dominican order in Germany; and that during the hundred and seventy years which elapsed between the writing of this book and the Reformation, it incurred no ecclesiastical censure whatsoever, in generations which were but too fond of making men offenders for a word.

The book was discovered and published by Martin Luther in 1516. Upon his discovery, Luther declared, "Next to the Bible and St. Augustine, no book has ever come into my hands from which I have learnt more of God and Christ, and man and all things that are." This book encourages Christians to follow the path of Christ, abandoning the life of selfishness, sin, and licentiousness. When we allow the divine light of God to infiltrate our daily activities, God is able to guide our wills with His perfect will. Theologia Germanica was written from within the Catholic tradition, but the author's insightful spiritual advice speaks to Christians of all denominations. Indeed, this illuminating work of Christian mysticism will aid those who earnestly seek to live a righteous life.