The Swedenborg Epic

The Swedenborg Epic


The Swedenborg Epic

The Swedenborg Epic


America s Alternative Religions

Peirce then explicitly incorporated the Swedenborgian influence in his cosmological essays during the 1890s and , after 1906 ... The Swedenborg Epic : The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg ( London : Swedenborg Society , 1981 ) . 3.

America s Alternative Religions

This is a source of reliable information on the most important new and alternative religions covering history, theology, impact on the culture, and current status. It includes a chapter on the Branch Davidians.

A History of the Swedenborg Society 1810 2010

C O Sigstedt's biography, The Swedenborg Epic, first published in the United States in 1952, was reprinted and published in June 1981. A short book, Life in Animals and Plants, consisting of passages fromApocalypse Explained translated ...

A History of the Swedenborg Society 1810 2010

The Swedenborg Society was founded in London ... [in] 1810 to translate, publish and sell the works of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This book tells the story of how a society founded with just forty members grew into a body with nearly one thousand members worldwide, continuously commissioning new translations over the years and thus keeping Swedenborg's works in print and ideas alive. It is also the story of the men and women who founded the Society and who sustained it over two centuries. -- Book jacket.

The Universal Human and Soul body Interaction

a tendency to translate Swedenborg's Latin into a somewhat stilted and pedantic style of English that the author never ... Cyriel Odhner Sigstedt , The Swedenborg Epic : The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg ( New York : Bookman ...

The Universal Human and Soul body Interaction

In this volume are writings from the 18th-century Swedish scientist and visionary (1688-1771) whose works are among the most influential in the Western esoteric tradition.

Servetus Swedenborg and the Nature of God

By permission of The Swedenborg Society . Cyriel Sigstedts volume , Swedenborg Epic : By permission of The Swedenborg Society . Alfred Acton's two volume work , Letters and Memorials of Emamtel Swedenborg ( 1948 and 1955 ) .

Servetus  Swedenborg and the Nature of God

The Trinity was defined at the Council of Nicaea and the relationship of the human and divine natures of Christ was defined at Chalcedon. Very few questioned the Church's depictions of the nature of God. Two such mavericks, Michael Servetus (1509-1553) and Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), in spite of their Christian educations, rejected the Church's creedal understanding of God and the Trinity. Although they lived in two different ages- the Reformation and Enlightenment, and there is no evidence that Swedenborg ever read or even knew of Servetus- the two men came to remarkably similar conclusions about the nature of God. Each scholar stated that the Trinity does not rest in three Persons, but rather takes form in the single person of Jesus Christ, the visible God. Servetus was a superb scholar in his day. He mastered the Church Fathers and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible. Servetus tragically perished in the flames at Geneva because of his beliefs. Swedenborg, likewise, was a well-known and respected scholar, philosopher, and anatomist. He dedicated the last thirty years of his life to biblical research, producing a series of some thirty volumes (in English) of theological writings. His work influenced many of the great thinkers and artists of the nineteenth century and continues to be read and studied in many parts of the world today.

The Western Esoteric Traditions

3. Cyriel Sigstedt, The Swedenborg Epic, pp. 198–199. Cf. Benz, Swedenborg: Visionary Savant, p. 194. 4. Richard S. Dunn, The Age of Religious Wars 1559–1689 (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971), p. ix. 5. For an excellent introduction ...

The Western Esoteric Traditions

Western esotericism has now emerged as an academic study in its own right, combining spirituality with an empirical observation of the natural world while also relating the humanity to the universe through a harmonious celestial order. This introduction to the Western esoteric traditions offers a concise overview of their historical development. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke explores these traditions, from their roots in Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism in the early Christian era up to their reverberations in today's scientific paradigms. While the study of Western esotericism is usually confined to the history of ideas, Goodrick-Clarke examines the phenomenon much more broadly. He demonstrates that, far from being a strictly intellectual movement, the spread of esotericism owes a great deal to geopolitics and globalization. In Hellenistic culture, for example, the empire of Alexander the Great, which stretched across Egypt and Western Asia to provinces in India, facilitated a mixing of Eastern and Western cultures. As the Greeks absorbed ideas from Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and Persia, they gave rise to the first esoteric movements. From the late sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, post-Reformation spirituality found expression in theosophy, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Similarly, in the modern era, dissatisfaction with the hegemony of science in Western culture and a lack of faith in traditional Christianity led thinkers like Madame Blavatsky to look East for spiritual inspiration. Goodrick-Clarke further examines Modern esoteric thought in the light of new scientific and medical paradigms along with the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. This book traces the complete history of these movements and is the definitive account of Western esotericism.

Epic of the Afterlife

One of Sweden's most illustrious writers approaches the works of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) on the spiritual realm as an epic poem.

Epic of the Afterlife

As a poet and storyteller, Olaf Lagercrantz approaches the works of Swedish scientist-turned-seer with the eyes of an artist, exploring the complex philosophy of one of Sweden's most famous sons with curiosity and open wonder. Lagercrantz examines Swedenborg's life, his experiences in heaven and hell, and writings about faith, the nature of the universe, and human relationships as works of literature, casting a new light on Swedenborg's ideas that often differs from the usual theological interpretations.

Emanuel Swedenborg Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven

INTRODUCTION EMANUEL SWEDENBORG AND “THE TROUBLES OF THE NORTH”: AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW This revisionist historical ... West Chester, PA: Swedenborg Foundation, 2002); Cyriel Odhner Sigstedt, The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works ...

Emanuel Swedenborg  Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven

Drawing on unpublished diplomatic and Masonic archives, this study reveals the career of Emanuel Swedenborg as a secret intelligence agent for Louis XV and the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of “Hats” in Sweden. Utilizing Kabbalistic meditation techniques, he sought political intelligence on earth and in heaven.

The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism

7 Jorges Luis Borges, “Swedenborg,” in Emanuel Swedenborg: A Continuing Vision, ed. ... 8 Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven, trans. ... 14 Cyriel O. Sigstedt, The Swedenborg Epic (London: Swedenborg Society, 1981), 216.

The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism

Mysticism and esotericism are two intimately related strands of the Western tradition. Despite their close connections, however, scholars tend to treat them separately. Whereas the study of Western mysticism enjoys a long and established history, Western esotericism is a young field. The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism examines both of these traditions together. The volume demonstrates that the roots of esotericism almost always lead back to mystical traditions, while the work of mystics was bound up with esoteric or occult preoccupations. It also shows why mysticism and esotericism must be examined together if either is to be understood fully. Including contributions by leading scholars, this volume features essays on such topics as alchemy, astrology, magic, Neoplatonism, Kabbalism, Renaissance Hermetism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, numerology, Christian theosophy, spiritualism, and much more. This handbook serves as both a capstone of contemporary scholarship and a cornerstone of future research.

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America Five Volumes

Current demographic trends in the world seem to be favoring the growth of what Swedenborg called the Gentile nations, ... The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg (New York: Bookman Associates, 1952); Ernst Benz, ...

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America  Five Volumes


Victorian Sensations

Le Fanu's incorporation of Swedenborg's otherworldly epistemology also creates characters who are so intertwined with the physical surfaces of ... For an account of Swedenborg's velvet attire, see Sigstedt, The Swedenborg Epic, 363–65.

Victorian Sensations

"Wildly popular with Victorian readers, sensation fiction was condemned by most critics for scandalous content and formal features that deviated from respectable Victorian realism. Victorian Sensations is the first collection to examine sensation fiction as a whole, showing it to push genre boundaries and resist easy classification. Comprehensive in scope, this collection includes twenty original essays employing various critical approaches to cover a range of topics that will interest many readers." "Essays are organized thematically into three sections: issues of genre; sensational representations of gender and sexuality; and the texts' complex readings of diverse social and cultural phenomena such as class, race, and empire. The introduction reviews the critical reception of sensation fiction to situate these new essays within a larger scholarly context."--BOOK JACKET.

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America African diaspora traditions and other American innovations

Current demographic trends in the world seem to be favoring the growth of what Swedenborg called the Gentile nations, ... The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg (New York: Bookman Associates, 1952); Ernst Benz, ...

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America  African diaspora traditions and other American innovations

Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more

Swedenborg s Secret

Swedenborg and the Sapientia Angelica ( London , 1910 ) . SIEVERSEN , S , Sexualitet och äktenskap i Emanuel Swedenborgs Religionsfilosofi ( Helsingfors , 1993 ) . SIGSTEDT , C O , The Swedenborg Epic . The Life and Works of Emanuel ...

Swedenborg s Secret

Swedenborg's Secret is the first major study of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) to be published in English for over fifty years. Using a wealth of historical material, Lars Bergquist paints a vivid portrait of an ambitious and practical man who was one of the greatest figures of the Enlightenment and who captivated generations of thinkers with his stunning vision of human destiny.

The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg

Sigstedt, Cyril Odhner, The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg, New York NY 1952. Siljestrand, Karl K:son, Karl XII såsom filosof, Link ̈oping 1891. Sj ̈od ́en, Karl-Erik, Swedenborg en France, Stockholm 1985.

The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg

Although Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) is commonly known for his spiritual philosophy, his early career was focused unnatural science. During this period, Swedenborg thought of the world was like a gigantic machine, following the laws of mechanics and geometry. This volume analyzes this mechanistic worldview from the cognitive perspective, by means of a study of the metaphors in Swedenborg’s texts. The author argues that these conceptual metaphors are vital skills of the creative mind and scientific thinking, used to create visual analogies and abstract ideas. This means that Swedenborg’s mechanistic and geometrical worldview, allowed him to perceive the world as mechanical and geometrical. Swedenborg thought ”with” books and pens. The reading gave him associations and clues, forced him to interpret, and gave him material for his intellectual development.

Phenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition

It should be stressed that C. O. Sigstedt's book, The Swedenborg Epic, marvellous and most accurate in all other respects, contains in this case a seriously mutilated version in which no less than the extremely important term, ...

Phenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition

Self-individualization has been interpreted as the process in which the all-embracing Self unfolds into an infinite variety of different individ uals, plants, animals and men. A comparison of the different ways in which the Self manifests itself in the biological and psychological devel opmental processes, or in a visionary image of the undivided Self, reveals the same basic structure of expression. The Self, the one, is represented by a circular domain, and comprises a basic inner duality, the two, creating a paradox of conflicting opposites. In the undivided Self the two give rise to a trinity in which, however, a quatemity is hidden. The latter expresses itself in this world as the four basic forces, the four Elements or the four main archetypes, specifying the possibilities or development in space and time. Self-individualization starts with the first appearance of a primary structure of an individual sub-Self. This is the fifth basic force, the fifth Element. Further development is character ized by four generative principles: 1st, the principle of wholeness: connection and integration (being oriented to remaining whole or restoring wholeness); 2nd, the principle of complementarity and com pensation (a periodic shift between opposing influences); 3rd, the enstructuring principle (causing the relative stability of the spatial appear ance of the manifest structure), and 4th, the principle of gesture (resulting in a gradual stepwise development of that structure into a full-grown individual).

Divine Love and Wisdom

The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works of Emanuel Swedenborg. New York: Bookman Associates, 1952. Reprint, London: Swedenborg Society. Spinoza, Benedict de. [1677] 1952. Ethics. Translated by W. H. White, revised by A. H. Stirling.

Divine Love and Wisdom

While many of Emanuel Swedenborgs writings rely heavily on the Bible, Divine Love and Wisdom appeals directly to human experience. It describes a loving God who is equally present with all people on earthregardless of race or religionand explores the underlying unity of all living things.

Spiritual Law

Lamm, Martin. Emanuel Swedenborg: The Deveopment of His Thought. Translated by Tomas Spiers and Anders Hallengren. West Chester, PA: Swedenborg Foundation, 2000. Sigstedt, Cyriel Odhner. The Swedenborg Epic: The Life and Works of ...

Spiritual Law

Spiritual Law offers a clear and concise handbook for spiritual transformation. Drawing from eighteenth-century scientist and philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg's work, Angelic Wisdom Regarding Divine Providence, this book brings Swedenborg's esoteric insights about the spiritual world to life in engaging and accessible prose. In Spiritual Law, we learn how spiritual laws provide order to the spiritual world, just as the laws of nature govern the physical world. Based on this information, we discover that we are surrounded and guided at all times by love and wisdom from our Creator and that our choices lead us to either a heavenly or hellish existence. Never before has this information been available in such an accessible form for today's spiritual seekers. The book not only offers a distillation of Swedenborg's original work, but lends guidance on how to put these ideas into practice. Learning how these laws operate empowers us to become more peaceful, wise, and loving in this world and the next.