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Divine Love and Wisdom

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In Divine Love and Wisdom, Swedenborg uses reason and empirical facts to prove the existence of God and God's divine love. He further posits that we are all an essential part of God's Divine plan, and that without us God's plan could not come to fruition.
ebook, 164 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Start Publishing LLC (first published January 1st 1908)
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Christian
Swedenborg is one of those thinkers who continues to surprise me with his level of insight. In this book, he taught me more on the "essences" of things than any other metaphysical book I have read.

Some highlights from this read-through:

Anatomy as an image of the spiritual world, going into minute detail.

A solution to the mind-body problem, mentioned offhand (our spirit/mind as the "state" of brain fibers, considered as a collected whole).

The nature of the universe as a journey of being from God
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Dylan Glenn
Jun 10, 2012 Dylan Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book with the very early seeds of some profound existential ideas--mixed up with an interesting alternative take on christianity--by one of the strangest and most brilliant men who ever lived, albiet crazy, but unquestionably brilliant.
Erick
May 20, 2014 Erick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read Swedenborg's Heaven And Hell some time ago and thought it was a decent book, albeit somewhat delusory. This one I probably liked better, but it wasn't free of the same problems. There are some pretty profound ideas though. I especially liked Swedenborg's spiritual analogies (he calls them correspondences) between light/heat and wisdom/love respectively. He later on (specifically in section 9 -probably the best part of the book), makes a further analogy between love and wisdom and the ...more
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Emanuel Swedenborg (born Emanuel Swedberg; February 8, 1688–March 29, 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, and theologian. Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. At the age of fifty-six he entered into a spiritual phase in which he experienced dreams and visions. This culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he claimed he was appointed by the Lord ...more
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