Emanuel Swedenborg: As a Philosopher, Metaphysician, and Theologian

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E. Hazzard Swinney, 1874 - New Jerusalem Church - 36 pages
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Page 30 - All religion has relation to life, and the life of religion is to do good ; " 1 " Now it is allowable to enter intellectually into the mysteries of faith.
Page ii - When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Page x - He was indeed attempting to work out " his own salvation with fear and trembling ;" but not as knowing that " it is God that worketh in us to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Page xi - The volume before us is wholly Swedenborgian. We think that nowhere can be found a book from which so clear and so compressed a view of the leading doctrines of this rapidly growing sect can be obtained.
Page 8 - NATURE i* <nJy a ward u'hich expresses all the motive forces proceeding from the first motion of the infinite, They, therefore, are mere children who have scarcely reached the first threshold of true philosophy, who ascribe to Nature the origin of all things. Nature is only an effect — a causeate, or thing caused — the Infinite being its efficient or cause.
Page 17 - I shall indulge for a moment or two in offering a few observations on this point. If God is the Fountain of all goodness, the Inspirer of true affection, the Source of all intelligence, there is nothing of so great moment to the race as the conception of His existence; and a true apprehension of His relations to man must constitute the turning point in the progress of the world.
Page 15 - ... and make resplendent the countenance of history as night with her constellations, — they would vanish,. shaken from the tree of heaven, as some tree of earth casteth her untimely fruit. Thus the floral families that stand in breathing battalions, and waving their banners of beauty, are a joy-work of the Divine Florist. And the animal tribes, as they range themselves in gay and variegated processions, are each specimens in structure, instinct, and movement, of the operation of the Infinite Lifegiver....
Page 17 - If events do, as I believe, correspond to the Divine idea ; if God is the fountain of all goodness, the inspirer of true affection, the source of all intelligence ; there is nothing of so great moment to the race as the conception of his existence ; and a true apprehension of his .relations to man must constitute the turning point in the progress of the world. And it has been so. A better knowledge of his nature is the dividing line that separates ancient history from modern ; the old time from the...
Page 18 - ... in its invincible, unrelenting grasp ; as reason, going forth to the work of creation ; as the primal source of the ideal archetypes, according to which the world was fashioned ; as boundless power, careless of boundless existence ; as the infinite one slumbering unconsciously in the infinite all. Nothing of this could take hold of the common mind, or make ' Peor and Baalim Forsake their temples dim,' or throw down the altars of superstition.
Page xii - Hokombe adopts the Swedenborgian view of the Bible and of theology, but not in a controversial spirit His book is written in a thoughtful as well as attractive style, with many of the graces of rhetoric. Its freedom from merely conventional and technical modes of thought is not one of its least merits. Believers of almost any communion, though differing from the author on special points of doctrine and interpretation, will find here new, refreshing, and elevating thoughts."— The Round Table.

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