"Meister Eckhart" was the subject of an interesting lecture delivered last night by Professor Royce, under the auspices of the Religious Union.
Eckhart is one of the most noteworthy examples of the believers in early German mystic ideas. He was born about 1260, and after receiving a good education he entered the Dominican order, and became a preacher of no mean ability. His beliefs, though rather startling to his uneducated countrymen, were by no means new. He taught the Catholic religion, but he was so original and independent in his views, that his preaching became the thought of a soul alone with God. He arose to considerable eminence in Germany and held various offices in his religious order. These offices were taken away from him owing to his Pantheistic views, and on his appeal to the Pope, he was excommunicated. He died about the year 1327. As a thinker, he was too independent for his time, but he was the leader who founded all the later mystic beliefs.