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Title: The Mystery of Creation According to Pordage
Author(s): VERSLUIS, Arthur
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 12 Date: 2000
The Mystery of Creation According to John Pordage [1608-1681] discusses an unusual and little-known but important author in the English theosophic school of Jacob Böhme. Focussing on Pordage's treatise entitled Sophia, probably written about 1675, the article outlines Pordage's combination of visionary and apophatic mysticism, and details how the theosophic visionary undergoes a Sophianic creative process that reiterates inwardly the process by which the cosmos itself came into being. This process is very much akin to a comparable one within Sufism as discussed by Henry Corbin in the mid-twentieth century, and involves the realization of an inward or spiritual earth that also has parallels in Pure Land and Tibetan Buddhism.