(took note of term "Weigelianism")
He was born at [[Hayn]], near [[Dresden]], into a Catholic family. He studied at [[Meissen]], [[Leipzig]], and [[Wittenberg]]. In 1567 he became a [[Lutheran]] pastor at [[Zschopau]], near [[Chemnitz]]. There, he lived out a quiet life, engaged in his writings.
Weigel was best known for his belief that the Virgin Mary was herself the product of a virgin birth. He based his belief on the idea of the immaculate conception, which required that Mary must also be sinless in order to bear God in the flesh. He kept his ideas secret, entrusting them only to personal friends (in contrast to [[Jakob Böhme]]). He carried out his
His mysticism was marked by that of [[Johannes Tauler]] and by doctrines of [[Paracelsus]]; he was also a follower of [[Sebastian Franck]] and [[Caspar Schwenckfeldt]]. Like these two latter, he emphasized the inner life. He advocated a "spiritual church" in which one could know Christ without books or scripture.