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According to Paracelsus, "the sumum of theological and philosophical truths is contained in the religion of the two lights, the light of grace and the light of nature". We have wanted to follow the lessons of this Renaissance genius, and to order the principles, the grace or mystic and the nature of chemistry.

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"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [.]. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness". ( 2 Peter 3, 10-13)

"Also Hermes said: The earth is the mother of the rest of the elements ; all of them issue from the earth and return to her". ( Dialogue between Khalid and Morienus )

"The element is a body separated from chaos to the end that elemental things coexist though him and in him; it is the principal of a thing, as the letter is the syllable. The doctrine of the elements is very important, because it is the key to nature's sacred mysteries (The Cosmopolite, Philosophical Letter )

"This chaos hath in it the four elements, which of themselves are contrary natures, but the wisdom of God hath so placed them that their very order reconciles them. For example, air and earth are adversaries, for one is hot and moist, the other cold and dry. Now to reconcile this two God placed the water between them, which is a middle nature (cold and humid), or of a mean complexion between both extremes." (T. Vaughan, Coeum Terrae )

"Birth and death, action and repose, light and darkness, union and separation, they all come from the movement of the four that make the changes in the world. The repose of God establishes itself in purity when the elements are united in perfect equilibrium." (L. Cattiaux, The Message Rediscovered 3, 25-26)

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