Swedenborg's Secret: The Meaning and Significance of the Word of God, the Life of the Angels, and Service to God : a Biography
Swedenborg’s Secret is the first major study of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) to be published in English for over fifty years, being a translation of the critically acclaimed Swedish biography Swedenborg’s Hemlighet (1999). Beautifully designed and illustrated throughout with ten color plates and forty-four black-and-white pictures, Swedenborg’s Secret is an authoritative and full-length biography that is immensely readable.
Using a wealth of historical material, Lars Bergquist paints a vivid portrait of an ambitious and practical man who was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment, a polymath who was a poet, inventor, mathematician, mineralogist, anatomist, and cosmologist. Bergquist also reveals Swedenborg to be a “man of two worlds,” someone who not only played an active part in the political life of his nation but who was also a spiritual visionary, setting out a stunning vision of human destiny in works such as Heaven and Hell and New Jerusalem. Swedenborg’s Secret reclaims Swedenborg from the margins of contemporary thought and places him where he belongs: as a founding figure of modern spirituality and Western philosophy.
The book also contains a chronology of Swedenborg’s life and contemporary events, an appendix listing the contents of Swedenborg’s personal library and other books he was known to have owned or read, a comprehensive bibliography, and a full index.
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2Growth and studies
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4Poetry and politics
journal editor and inventor
Polhem and Emanuel Swedenborg
20Departure and the Great Work
21The clairvoyant Assessor
22Aranui Caelestui the Fall and the Ages of Man
23Breathing concentration and vision
24The hermeneutic circle
portrait with a doubleexposure
26About the life of the angels and the darkness of the evil
the art of the possible
Polhem and his daughters ennoblement the search for a career
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9Why should we care about Polands affairs?
his death and funeral
13The kingdom of the soul
crisis and true love
15The Worship and Love of God
the old man and the new
the great journal
18The Book of Revelation and the keys to heaven
19Digression on a garden
28Money from Paris anda good king?
29Piety Wisdom and Providence
30Marriage on earth marriage in heaven
31The Soul and its physical envelope
32Attack and selfdefence
defence and summary
34Death is my reward
Contents of Swedenborgs Library
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