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This allegorical retelling of the biblical creation story blends science, poetic understanding, and the spiritual revelations of Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Starting with the creation of the earth from the substance of the universe, Swedenborg takes the reader through the formation of plants, animals, and finally human beings. Swedenborg puts particular emphasis on the spiritual nature of Adam and Adam's marriage to Eve. Although not considered one of Swedenborg's theological works, this book was written just prior to his visionary period and contains the seeds of many of his later ideas.
This edition is a reprint of a 1914 English translation by A. H. Stroh and F. Sewall.
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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), a truly remarkable visionary, began his career as a Swedish mining official and member of parliament and became well known throughout Europe as a scientist and prolific writer on scientific and philosophical subjects. After a series of profound religious experiences during midlife, he devoted the remaining twenty-seven years of his life to being a A servant of the Lord@ and wrote energetically to communicate a spiritual vision of reality. Since then, the rigid theologies of the eighteenth century have steadily yielded, and the foresighted lucidity of his perspective has gained widening recognition. The fresh and contemporary appeal of Swedenborg's insights arises from the respect he showed for all religious faiths that stress a useful and loving life.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
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Book Description University of Chicago press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0877852979
Book Description Swedenborg Foundation Publishers, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0877852979
Book Description London : The Swedenborg Society, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. iv, 292 p. ; 20 cm During and following his spiritual crisis, Swedenborg began writing The Worship and Love of God. This work, a drama written in poetic language showing the influence of Ovid, tells the story of the first chapters of Genesis: the Creation, and the first days of Adam and Eve. In subject matter The Worship and Love of God points towards the biblical exegesis he would soon undertake; in style it harkens back to his first literary pursuits as a poet; and in the lengthy footnotes that run throughout the text is contained the knowledge Swedenborg gleaned from his scientific, philosophical and anatomical studies. One footnote alone, in which he described the formation of the firmament (the stars beyond our solar system) particularly impressed S T Coleridge, who commented ‘Note (b) would of itself suffice to mark Swedenborg as a man of philosophic genius, radicative and evolvent’. The book marks the change in Swedenborg's life from that of the scientist to that of a seer. Seller Inventory # PGSWED54