Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

by Emmanuel Swedenborg

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Heaven and Hell by Emmanuel Swedenborg

Emmanuel Swedenborg's guide to the afterlife, and the importance of the human connection to God, remains one of the most celebrated Enlightenment-era works on the subject.

Originally published in Latin during the mid-18th century, Swedenborg's treatise contains rich allusions not merely to the realms of the afterlife, but also to the principles of Christianity. The nature of marriage, an argument against polygamy, and the concept of a spirit world, and how spiritual matters influence human will, are some of the notions raised by Swedenborg that render his thoughts enchanting.

According to Swedenborg, the entirety of this text was inspired after he had received a divine revelation from God himself. This was simply the notion that God is the very essence of love in the universe, and that His divine force intends for every human being to go to heaven. He never descends into anger or hatred, and the traversal of every human spirit into heaven was His intention by the very act of Creation.

The author's mission is to soundly reconcile Christ's teachings with the familiar concepts of the afterlife, with his own philosophical thoughts on the importance of the human spirit, together with scientific considerations such as time and space. Constructing a sound theology in these pages was an ambitious task, yet Emmanuel Swedenborg approached these profound subjects with articulate and definite clarity.

This book is also known by its complete title: Heaven and its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen. It has since been thought an influence upon Mormon theology, particularly the sections in which Swedenborg contemplates the nature of the stars and the astronomical heavens.

This translation of Heaven and Hell is by John C. Ager, a respected scholar whose English language renditions of Swedenborg remain much-read in the modern day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979921589
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 470,773
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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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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