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Title: A Dictionary of Correspondences, ...
Publisher: Otis Clapp, School Street
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Otis Clapp, School Street, Boston, 1841. Hardcover. Book Condition: g. First edition. 8vo. 431 pp. Decorative black cloth with gold lettering on spine. Decorative endpapers. Emanuel Swedenborg (born Emanuel Swedberg; 1688 - 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, and theologian who had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. It was at the age of fifty-six that he entered his spiritual phase, in which he experienced a number of dreams and visions that effected him so, that they culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he claimed he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine to reform Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk with angels, demons, and other spirits. Swedenborg explicitly rejected the common explanation of the Trinity as a Trinity of Persons, which he said was not taught in the early Christian Church. Instead he explained in his theological writings how the Divine Trinity exists in One Person, in One God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Swedenborg also rejected the Protestant doctrine of salvation through faith alone, since he considered both faith and charity necessary for salvation, not one without the other. The purpose of faith, according to Swedenborg, is to lead a person to a life according to the truths of faith, which is charity. Swedenborg's theological writings have elicited a range of responses. Toward the end of Swedenborg's life, small reading groups formed in England and Sweden to study the truth they saw in his teachings and several writers were influenced by him, including William Blake, August Strindberg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, William Butler Yeats and Carl Jung. The theologian Henry James Sr. was also a follower of his teachings, as were Johnny Appleseed and Helen Keller. Age wear and scuffing to boards. Some notes by former owner on front endpapers. A few marginal pencil notations. Very minor yellowing to some pages due to age, otherwise book is in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 19410