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CaptionEmanuel Swedenborg [ January 29 1688[1] – March 29 1772] was a Swedish scientist philosopher and theologian. --- --- --- Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741 at the age of fifty-three he entered into a spiritual phase in which he eventually began to experience dreams and visions beginning on Easter weekend April 6 1744. This culminated in a spiritual awakening whereupon he claimed he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine to reform Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his spiritual eyes so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell and talk with angels demons and other spirits. He said that the Last Judgement had already occurred in 1757 though only visible in the spiritual world where he had witnessed it. --- --- --- 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. Swedenborg published his work in London or Holland due to the freedom of the press unique to those countries. --- --- --- Throughout this period he was befriended by many people who regarded him as a kind and warm-hearted man. When in the company of others he was jovial and conversed about whatever subject was discussed. Those who talked with him understood that he was devoted to his beliefs. He never argued matters of religion except when ridiculed when he replied sharply so that the ridicule would not be repeated. --- --- --- A variety of important cultural figures both writers and artists were influenced by Swedenborg including Johnny Appleseed; William Blake; Jorge Luis Borges; Daniel Burnham; Arthur Conan Doyle; Ralph Waldo Emerson; John Flaxman; George Inness; Henry James Sr.; Carl Jung; Immanuel Kant; Helen Keller; Czesław Miłosz; August Strindberg; D.T. Suzuki; and W.B. Yeats.
Headline"Man knows that love is but not what it is." & "A life of kindness is the primary meaning of divine worship." Emanuel Swedenborg [1668-1772] scientist & mystic
KeywordsRW-Emerson Carl-Jung Immanuel-Kant William-Blake mystic Trinity
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Emanuel_Swedenborg
Date Created//1817
Byline (Photographer)Carl Fredric von Breda
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg

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