Heaven and Its Wonders Described with an Account of Hell
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Heaven and Its Wonders Described with an Account of Hell

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1839. Swedenborg, a noted Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian, is best known for his later writings, in which he presents ideas both Christian and ecumenical, for a new spiritual era or new church to be known as the New Jerusalem. In Heaven and Its Wonders Swedenborg deals with Heaven and related topics as varied as angels, man, the sun, light, heat, the four qua...more
Hardcover, 548 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1758)
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Natacha P
I found the book to be easy to read, interesting and very enlightening. Granted, I say this not really having a preconceived notion of what heaven or hell is/’should’ be like (although like everyone else, I have/had my own ideas too). It is my opinion that what Swedenborg presents sounds very plausible and I find his interpretation as further proof of God’s infinite love—which is what I tend to look for when reading spiritual works. I was delighted to find the book both mystical in nature but al...more
Timmy
Forgot religious dogma and pure rationalism, this guy is brilliant in a lot of ways...

First off, I'm not quite halfway finished with this text, but I feel ready to review. Second, I hope and trust and believe there will be no Swedenborg adherents who will come to this review to 'Boo' it as there was some time back when I called out Mormon apologists in my review of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet (which wasn't that good otherwise). I assure everyone that I have no antipathy or distru...more
Tom the Mesa Engineer Haws
Swedenborg's Heaven and Hell is now 250 years old, but it's still fresh in it's implications for personal spirituality.

Swedenborg, in a matter-of-fact and humble way, rambles on and on about endless details of the afterlife. Some of his explanations seem a little odd. But scattered through the book are passages where his penchant for detail and his uncommon focus, breadth of purview, and length of attention span give fresh perspectives on deeply human questions.

I am learning from Swedenborg how...more
Daniel Rekshan
I picked this up because of Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

It is very, very interesting. Based on Blake's criticism of the work, I expected a boring work of scholarly theology. It definitely is not.

Swedenborg claims to have spoken with the angels and visited the many levels of heaven and hell. He claims that he was given this privilege because people on earth have forgotten the spiritual realms and we need to remember them.

These are big claims. The book comes through in a big way. It is coh...more
Frank
Swedenborg poses some interesting and provocative theories in this book. Yet ultimately he is inconsistent, especially concerning bible passages. He claims the Word should be read not literally, but in the spiritual sense. Often times he provides a literal interpretation of the Word to support his arguments though. He also tends to rely a lot upon repition. Given, this makes his arguments more persuasive, but towards the end it becomes more and more of a nuisance (although that is probably also...more
Linda
Ralph Waldo Emerson called Swedenborg a mystic in his Representative Men. I can't tell why. This is a straight forward description of Heaven and Hell with some interesting twists (God rules both heaven and hell, so there is no devil; you attain heaven after basically going through "training" by spirits right after you die; you keep your body and have a job, house, all the things you had in life...). Anyway, unless you're really interested in the people who influenced the spiritualism that develo...more
Doug Webber
If you have heard of the Near Death Experience, and the light that everyone encounters at the end of the tunnel, this work describes what happens AFTER that, when one enters the realm of light. Probably the most comprehensive account of the afterlife ever written, based on over 25 years of visions of the author. All other accounts offer only brief glimpses of this other spiritual reality.
Little Miss Esoteric
Dnf. Perhaps I'll give this one another go some day, perhaps not.
Katherine L.
I ran into a mailman I used to have and he, with good intentions, gave me this book. I've been studying the ideas about hell in past centuries. Heaven too, of course. Swendenborg wrote in the 1700s. I only read the first pages of this book. Swendenborg claimed he talked with angels. He claimed that anyone who believed in the Trinity instead of one god wouldn't get into heaven. Also, anyone who only believed in human good works couldn't get there. That was in the first few pages.

I didn’t read on....more
Jason Yeager
Certainly this can be viewed as a mainstream thought process in early US Christian Religions as it had been interwoven into some spiritual discernment and descriptions of its day. Read in the the early eastern New York (Burnt out District) of the United States it was not exactly accepted as common thought as conversion to a religion was focused on feeling to define truth vs. intellectual understanding of religous rights at the time.

Interesting but should be read with an open mind.
Alyson
This eighteenth century author claims to have had multiple visions/visits in Heaven and Hell and describes what he learned and saw. Although some of what he witnessed doesn't fall in line with my understanding of the afterlife, I loved reading this book and could jump around to the chapters that most interested me. The chapters were arranged topically which was very helpful. I'm not sure which translation I read, but the version I read was about 700 pages.
Matthew
Jul 14, 2007 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniacs Spiritualists Seekers
This is not the snappiest prose you'll ever come across, but it's a genuinely worthwhile books. I read it gradually, and in small pieces over the course of a few months. It's dense writing, but brilliant, odd, broadbrush metaphysics.
Kurtamyd
I find Emmanuel Swedenborg's works fascinating. I cannot claim to know whether he was just a very imaginative aristocrat, of a true seer. Either way, his works provide a feast of food for thought.
Colin
Anyone interested in someone's views on the afterlife and/or an intro to Swedenborgs writings, needs to read this book! Perfect for the student of theology and/or psychology.
Steven Felicelli
interesting gobbledygook - actually have a friend who was raised Swedenborgian


hanging around the canon on the coattails of william blake
Tamra Amato
It wasn't a quick read but interesting considering the time it was written and knowing the life history of the author.

Arthur
I read this book every other year. It helps to keep me oriented in a material world.
Gunvi Sund
Really good read and interesting description of the lower planes and the beings there.
Wanja
'borg na žešćim drozama:)
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