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Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

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by Emanuel Swedenborg

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Heaven and Hell is perhaps the most famous work of Emanuel Swedenborg, where he reveals in detail his visions concerning heaven, hell, and the world of spirits in between. In this work the author explains how each person will survive after death to enter the spiritual world, and describes details concerning the process of dying which were later confirmed in the


Heaven and Hell is perhaps the most famous work of Emanuel Swedenborg, where he reveals in detail his visions concerning heaven, hell, and the world of spirits in between. In this work the author explains how each person will survive after death to enter the spiritual world, and describes details concerning the process of dying which were later confirmed in the twentieth century with the discovery of the Near Death Experience by the medical community. Most notably the author describes God as the Lord from Whom emanates a spiritual Sun, by which heaven receives its light, and by which all are judged after death. Heaven is a realm in which there is no space and no time, where societies are formed according to one's ruling love, and everyone's internal thoughts are revealed in a moment. Various degrees and societies of heaven are described, including the different functions of angels, the punishments of hell, and the purpose of the world of spirits between the realms of heaven and hell. God's desire for each person is to have them grow and develop as an angel in the kingdom of heaven, where each spiritual being is perfected and made happier to eternity.

This edition of Heaven and Hell is volume 21 of the multi-volume work, "The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem." It has been formatted for digital publication: it includes a hyperlinked table of contents, hyperlinked references, extensive footnotes, and a hyperlinked topical index.

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Theodore D. Webber
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The Hyperlinked Works of Emanuel Swedenborg , #21
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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He journeyed to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study and work with leading scientists in western Europe. Upon his return he apprenticed as an engineer under the brilliant Swedish inventor Christopher Polhem (1661-1751). King Charles XII of Sweden gave him a salaried position as an overseer of Sweden's mining industry (1716-1747). After the death of the King, Emanuel was ennobled by Queen Ulrika Eleonora. This gave him a seat in the Swedish House of Nobles, where he remained an active participant in the Swedish government throughout his life. A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, he devoted himself to scientific studies and philosophical reflections that culminated in a number of scientific publications, mainly concerning minerology and physiology, where he had made several discoveries. From 1743 to 1745 he entered a transitional phase that resulted in a shift of his main focus from science and philosophy to theology. Throughout the rest of his life he maintained that this shift was brought about by Jesus Christ, who appeared to him, called him to a new mission, and opened his perception to a permanent dual consciousness of this life and the spiritual world of heaven and hell. Although he at first published his theological works anonymously, he became more well known to the public when he had a clairvoyant experience where he could describe a fire in Stockholm in 1759, over 400 km away. This was investigated by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who confirmed the event, and it was also noted by Carl Jung who borrowed from Swedenborg for many of his ideas in psychology. At other times Swedenborg demonstrated his clairvoyant abilities to multiple witnesses, including John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Zen master D.T. Suzuki called Swedenborg the "Buddha of the North." Swedenborg presents a view of Christianity that is not only spiritual, but also rational, pragmatic and utilitarian.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever wondered what life after death was like, this book is perhaps the most complete description of it: we do survive after death with spiritual bodies, but in heaven and hell the ideas in our minds become our new reality. There is a correspondence in heaven and hell with the state of our mind, and how we have loved others.  The overriding principle of God is love, and in heaven we will be with those who are like us, who love us most.  There is no "time and space" in the spiritual world, instead distance is determined by how much you love others.  All communication is telepathic.  At the center of heaven is a spiritual Sun, which is the Lord - which has now been reported multiple times by those who have had a Near Death Experience. Unlike other editions, this digital work is well formatted, where footnotes, references and the index are hyperlinked for easy reading.  Although it is one of my favorite works by Swedenborg, there are other works where we dives into the spiritual meaning of the Bible, and discusses Christian theology at length based upon the experiences and knowledge Swedenborg obtained from his visionary experiences.  Overall, a very rational explanation of Christianity.  This work is part of the series "The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem", which contains all the works of Swedenborg hyperlinked together, and are also available as separate volumes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist who began to have almost daily contact with angels who gave him tours of heaven and hell. He wrote numerous volumes, this being a great one to start with. He describes what he saw in both heaven and hell and describes them often in great detail. He describes not only the clothes that angels wear, but also time, space, children.... I really enjoyed his descriptions of death and the different stages one progresses through. Another major concept described in detail in this book is correspondences. This is a great translation although I believe the Swedenborg Foundation is about to come out with a newer Dole translation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great, absolutely great. I'm just now beginning to read swedenborgs work (I heard about the man a few months ago). I've been reading it in PDF form, yet find myself compelled to buy the Swedenborg Foundations version, even at it's high price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my sophomore religion class and found it very interesting. I found it comforting to read knowing that when i died that was not going to be the end. It is also nice to know that I will be going to such a nice place when I die- or at least what I consider to be nice- hopefully when I die I will find heaven nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'Heaven and Hell' by Emanuel Swedenborg first when I was a younge girl. At the time I was astounded and comforted by this work's informative and hopeful outlook on life and the life beyond. It helped me to have hope within, even in times of great doubt. I am so greatful for this most recent translation of 'Heaven and Hell' and am already seeing the beautiful effects of this book on my life and others as they explore its intriguing debths. I would be surpised if anyone did not enjoy this wonderful experience.
StephenMuires More than 1 year ago
Heaven and Hell is definitely the easy access book if you want to get to know Swedenborg. This particular translation is easy to read and in modern English. The book is comparatively short. Swedenborg wrote Heaven and Hell after having finished his major work The Arcana in 12 volumes. Here we have what amounts to a select summary of ideas. There's a chapter on dying and life after death. There are stories of his personal journeys into the spirit world. At this point it doesn't matter if you believe Swedenborg was reporting accurately on his experiences (something we may never be able to verify anyway). What matters is that these accounts are vivid and convincingly detailed. The writer is not a dreamer or a poet. He is a scientist, a theologian. He clearly has a message, and even though that message is Christian and now 250 years old, it is a message that is readable, at times entertaining, and certainly very intriguing. By Stephen Muires, author of 'Ordained - a novel'
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