Titel: Spiritual Life and the Word of God
Autor/en: Emanuel Swedenborg
Martino Fine Books
21. März 2018 - kartoniert - 162 Seiten
2018 Reprint of 1955 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Extracted from the Apocalypse Explained. This title attempts to provide a brief but comprehensive survey of the essentials of spiritual life. By "spiritual" Swedenborg does not mean "other-worldly" or removed from the here and now, but rather those qualities that are associated with true self fulfillment and happiness. Basically this is a religious work that encompasses the philosophy of the "good life" as revealed in the Old and New Testaments, yet it is not denominational or parochial, but rather universal.
Chapters Include: How Spiritual Life Is Acquired - Goods Of Charity - Shunning Evils - Cleansing The Inside - What Religion Consists In - The First Commandment - The Second Commandment - The Third Commandment - The Fourth Commandment - The Fifth Commandment - The Sixth Commandment - The Seventh Commandment - The Eighth Commandment - The Ninth And Tenth Commandments - The Commandments In General - Goods And Truths And Their Opposites - The First Kind Of Profanation - The Second Kind Of Profanation - The Third Kind Of Profanation - The Fourth And Fifth Kinds Of Profanation - The Holiness Of The Word - The Lord Is The Word - The Lord's Words Spirit And Life - Influx And Correspondence - The Three Senses Of The Word - Conjunction By The Word - The Sense Of The Letter
Emanuel Swedenborg (/'swi d n b rg/; About this sound Swedish pronunciation (help·info); (born Emanuel Swedberg; 29 January 1688 - 29 March 1772) was a Swedish Lutheran theologian, scientist, philosopher, revelator and mystic who inspired Swedenborgianism. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell (1758). Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744. It culminated in a 'spiritual awakening' in which he received a revelation that he was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity. According to The Heavenly Doctrine, the Lord had opened Swedenborg's spiritual eyes so that from then on, he could freely visit heaven and hell and talk with angels, demons and other spirits and the Last Judgment had already occurred the year before, in 1757. For the last 28 years of his life, Swedenborg wrote 18 published theological works-and several more that were unpublished. He termed himself a ""Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ"" in True Christian Religion, which he published himself. Some followers of The Heavenly Doctrine believe that of his theological works, only those that were published by Swedenborg himself are fully divinely inspired. Others have regarded all Swedenborg's theological works as equally inspired, saying for example that the fact that some works were ""not written out in a final edited form for publication does not make a single statement less trustworthy than the statements in any of the other works.""  Swedenborg's father, Jesper Swedberg (1653-1735), descended from a wealthy mining family. The first known paternal ancestor was Otte Persson from Sundborn parish, mentioned 1571. He travelled abroad and studied theology, and on returning home, he was eloquent enough to impress the Swedish king, Charles XI, with his sermons in Stockholm. Through the king's influence, he would later become professor of theology at Uppsala University and Bishop of Skara. Jesper took an interest in the beliefs of the dissenting Lutheran Pietist movement, which emphasised the virtues of communion with God rather than relying on sheer faith (sola fide). Sola fide is a tenet of the Lutheran Church, and Jesper was charged with being a pietist heretic. While controversial, the beliefs were to have a major impact on his son Emanuel's spirituality. Jesper furthermore held the unconventional belief that angels and spirits were present in everyday life. This also came to have a strong impact on Emanuel. In 1703-1709, Swedenborg lived in Erik Benzelius the Younger's house. Swedenborg completed his university course at Uppsala in 1709, and in 1710, he made his grand tour through the Netherlands, France and Germany before reaching London, where he would spend the next four years. It was also a flourishing center of scientific ideas and discoveries. Swedenborg studied physics, mechanics and philosophy and read and wrote poetry. According to the preface of a book by the Swedish critic Olof Lagercrantz, Swedenborg wrote to his benefactor and brother-in-law Benzelius that he believed that Swedenborg might be destined to be a great scientist.