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The Gist of Swedenborg   By: (1688-1772)

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Emanuel Swedenborg, a prominent Enlightenment figure, brings to readers The Gist of Swedenborg, a comprehensive exploration of his theological ideas and philosophical insights. Written with clarity and precision, this book serves as a valuable introduction to Swedenborg’s extraordinary contributions, illuminating his belief system and shedding light on the intricacies of his thought.

The Gist of Swedenborg is a collection of Swedenborg’s various works, carefully selected and organized to present a cohesive overview of his beliefs. The book delves into a wide range of topics, covering spirituality, the afterlife, metaphysics, and the nature of God. Swedenborg effortlessly combines his scientific background with his spiritual experiences, offering readers a unique perspective that blends rationality with profound spirituality.

One of the book's most striking aspects is Swedenborg’s dense and rich prose. Although his style might be intimidating to some, his arguments are undeniably thought-provoking. Swedenborg constructs intricate logical frameworks to illustrate his notions, weaving together complex philosophical concepts with spiritual revelations. This dynamic synthesis challenges readers to engage deeply with his work, achieving a deeper understanding of his teachings.

Moreover, The Gist of Swedenborg provides a comprehensive introduction to his complex cosmology and otherworldly experiences. Swedenborg’s accounts of his visions from the spiritual world invite readers to contemplate the nature of reality beyond what we perceive with our senses. His vivid descriptions of heaven, hell, and the interactions between the spiritual and material worlds are both fascinating and challenging.

Despite the book's remarkable content, some readers might find certain aspects of Swedenborg’s ideas difficult to grasp. His intricate metaphysical theories can feel convoluted at times, making it necessary to read slowly and reread certain passages to fully comprehend his arguments. Additionally, readers seeking a more traditional religious perspective may find Swedenborg's unorthodox approach to theology somewhat challenging to reconcile with their own beliefs.

Nonetheless, The Gist of Swedenborg remains an invaluable resource for those interested in exploring the depths of spiritual thought. Emanuel Swedenborg's passionate and profound insights into the nature of the divine and his attempts to bridge the gap between the material and spiritual realms leave readers with much to contemplate. Swedenborg's dedication to reconciling science and spirituality offers a refreshing perspective, highlighting the compatibility of reason and faith.

Overall, The Gist of Swedenborg serves as a remarkable testament to Emanuel Swedenborg’s intellectual prowess and spiritual journey. It presents readers with an opportunity to delve into the mind of a profoundly influential figure of the Enlightenment, offering a wealth of philosophical and theological ideas to ponder. Although challenging at times, this book is an essential read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Swedenborg's unique and fascinating spiritual philosophy.

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This Book Is Published by the Trustees of the Iungerich Publication Fund Swedenborg Foundation, Inc. New York



The reason for a compilation such as is here presented should be obvious. Swedenborg's theological writings comprise some thirty or more substantial volumes, the result of the most concentrated labor extending over a period of twenty seven years. To study these writings in their whole extent, to see them in their minute unfoldment out of the Word of God, is a work of years. It is doubtful if there is a phase of man's religious experience for which an interpretation is not here to be found. Notwithstanding this immense sweep of doctrine there are certain vital, fundamental truths on which it all rests: the Christ God, Man a spiritual being, the warfare of Regeneration, Marriage, the Sacred Scriptures, the Life of Charity and Faith, the Divine Providence, Death and the Future Life, the Church. We have endeavored to press within the small compass of this book passages which give the gist of Swedenborg's teachings on these subjects.

The compilers would gladly have made room for the interpretative and philosophical teachings which contribute so much to the content and form of Swedenborg's theology; but they have confined their effort to setting forth briefly and clearly the positive spiritual teachings, where these seemed most packed with religious meaning and moment... Continue reading book >>

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