Böhme’s Speculative Theology (De signatura rerum, 1622). Ötinger’s Cabbalistic Theory of the World as a Glorious Divine Epiphany or Shekhinā; and his Problematic Rejection of the Concept of Weltseele (Offentliches Denckmahl der Lehrtafel einer … Prinzessin Antonia, 1763)
As we are now setting out to give an introduction into Böhme’s and Ötinger’s respective, but interrelated, theologies, we have to call to mind that the early modern, Christianized version of the Cabbala posits a profoundly different relationship between God and the world, both from the (traditional or modified) Leibnizian and the physico-theologian standpoints. Style, method and content are also different. It seems appropriate to say, first, that the Cabbalistic discourse, at least in Ötinger and his chief Christian source, Böhme, is, in large part, ‘mythological’ rather than philosophical, despite Ötinger’s often artificial conceptualization of Böhme’s metaphysical imagery.