Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

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by Emanuel Swedenborg
     
 

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In his most popular and influential work, Swedenborg describes his journeys through the afterlife—the soul’s experience of dying and then being resurrected in heaven, how each of us finds a community there in which to live, and how we can ultimately become angels. Heaven and Hell is a powerful affirmation that we are all born for heaven,

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In his most popular and influential work, Swedenborg describes his journeys through the afterlife—the soul’s experience of dying and then being resurrected in heaven, how each of us finds a community there in which to live, and how we can ultimately become angels. Heaven and Hell is a powerful affirmation that we are all born for heaven, regardless of background or religion, and that the choices we make in this world shape our destiny in the next.

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Library Journal
The Swedenborg Foundation has done handsomely by its eponymous visionary with this first volume in a new 25 part set of translations for his of his work. They have begun with a fine new translation of Emmanuel Swedenborg's most famous work, a description of the many heavens and hells that make up the great 18th-century thinker's cosmology, at once perfectly logical and perfectly eccentric. Swedenborg's afterworld is a kind of reflection and amplification of our own, and his vision of moving and active collective of heavens, occupied by the very real blessed dead, has been a tremendous influence on Goethe, Emerson, and Jorge Luis Borges, among many others. Dole's translation has the clarity and simplicity of Swedenborg's Latin, and the notes and supplementary material are wonderfully balanced and informative. Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Inaugurates a projected 25-volume series representing the first time the complete work of the Swedish scientist, theologian, and religious mystic Swedenborg (1688-1772) will be produced in English by the same publisher using unified standards of translation and scholarship. Supporting the translation of are an introduction, diagrams, a chronological table, endnotes, a table showing parallel passages in other works, and three indices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908388681
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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“Some people believe it is hard to lead the heaven-bound life that is called ‘spiritual’ because they have heard that we need to renounce the world and give up the desires attributed to the body and the flesh and ‘live spiritually.’ All they understand by this is spurning worldly interests, especially concerns for money and prestige, going around in constant devout meditation about God, salvation, and eternal life, devoting their lives to prayer, and reading the Word and religious literature. They think this is renouncing the world and living for the spirit and not for the flesh. However, the actual case is quite different, as I have learned from an abundant experience and conversation with angels. In fact, people who renounce the world and live for the spirit in this fashion take on a mournful live for themselves, a life that is not open to heavenly joy, since our life does remain with us [after death]. No, if we would accept heaven’s life, we need by all means to live in the world and to participate in its duties and affairs. In this way, we accept a spiritual life by means of our moral and civic life; and there is no other way a spiritual life can be formed within us, no other way our spirits can be prepared for heaven. This is because living an inner life and not an outer life at the same time is like living in a house that has no foundation, that gradually either settles or develops gaping cracks or totters until it collapses.”

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