In "Eckhart" and the "Runenberg" we have seen some of the moral trials which meet men on first starting into life.
Eckhart has been called the first of the speculative mystics.
He was the iron landmark of the ages—Eckhart, the creator of eternal values.
In point of fact, Eckhart did give expression to some propositions which implied pantheism and were condemned by the Holy See.
But whence did Eckhart derive his expressions which reappear in Dante?
But the soul of the mystic in stone contains the same elements as the soul of Eckhart, who was also a schoolman.
I am as necessary to God, Eckhart is fond of saying, as God is necessary to me.
The time was ripe and the consummators came: Dante in the south, Eckhart in the countries north of the Alps.
Another point of resemblance with Eckhart is suggested by his words: "That foolish people take evil for good, and good for evil."
Eckhart experienced and recreated the shapeless depths of the soul, the regions of the blending of the soul with God.