Jacob Boehme may have been the first to have developed the Old Testament figure of Sophia, Yahweh’s eternal partner of Proverbs 8, into a metaphysical doctrine of divine androgyny. Beginning in his 1809 Freedom Essay, and continuing through to his 1841 Philosophy of Revelation, Schelling repeatedly returned to the Boehmian figure of Sophia, insisting that she was more than mere metaphor. Boehme's sophiology, according to Schelling, advanced a crucial metaphysical point, one that is as relevant to the philosophy of religion of today as it was 150 years ago.
Sean J. McGrath is a Canadian philosopher of religion who has published widely in the areas of hermeneutical phenomenology, psychoanalysis, German idealism, and ecology. He is Professor of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University. His most recent book is The Philosophical Foundations of the Late Schelling: The Turn to the Positive (Edinburg University Press, 2021).