Swedenborg's Secret: The Meaning and Significance of the Word of God, the Life of the Angels, and Service to God : a Biography

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The Swedenborg Society, Jan 1, 2005 - Mystics - 516 pages
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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.
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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.
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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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Contents

1The church the bishop and the son
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d i Historisch CritischeBeschreibung der R Thaler welche heis 2
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Opuscula PhysicoMedica 2 vols Ulmae 1725 8vo cit PR 11
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2Growth and studies
15
England Holland France
33
4Poetry and politics
49
journal editor and inventor
57
Polhem and Emanuel Swedenborg
75
20Departure and the Great Work
245
21The clairvoyant Assessor
267
22Aranui Caelestui the Fall and the Ages of Man
277
23Breathing concentration and vision
291
24The hermeneutic circle
303
portrait with a doubleexposure
315
26About the life of the angels and the darkness of the evil
329
the art of the possible
345

Polhem and his daughters ennoblement the search for a career
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Al KEDER N DeArgento Bunts insignito c fig cen Lips 1703
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N MASSILIUS A F Count DanubiiPannonicoMysici vol lll The Hague 1726 cit Codex
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radical pietism and the beginning of a natural philosophy
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9Why should we care about Polands affairs?
103
Principia
113
his death and funeral
125
12Philosophical notes
133
13The kingdom of the soul
147
crisis and true love
157
15The Worship and Love of God
179
the old man and the new
193
the great journal
207
18The Book of Revelation and the keys to heaven
223
19Digression on a garden
237
28Money from Paris anda good king?
353
29Piety Wisdom and Providence
367
30Marriage on earth marriage in heaven
381
31The Soul and its physical envelope
397
32Attack and selfdefence
403
defence and summary
413
34Death is my reward
421
35Postscript
427
Endnotes
437
Chronology
457
Contents of Swedenborgs Library
469
Al ARCKENHO1 TZ J Memoires conc Christine de Suede vol I Amsterdam 1751c fig num
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Bibliography
483
Index
503
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Lars Bergquist was winner of the Wahlstrom and Widstrand Literature Prize and the Ístrabo Prize in 1994. He is a writer and a former diplomat whose postings have included Moscow, London, Peking, and the Vatican. Lars also served as president of the National Council for Culture in Sweden from 1993 to 1997 and president of the Swedenborg Society in 2010. He has published many books in Swedish, including novels, biographies, diaries, translations of poetry, and several studies of Swedenborg.

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