A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg
Author : Samuel M. Warren
Format : Paperback, 816 pages
Release date : 2009
Emanuel Swedenborg published more than seven thousand pages of commentary based on his communication with the spiritual world. A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg extracts key passages from this astounding body of work and groups them by subject for easy reference.
Starting with the nature of God and creation, the book covers the birth of humanity and gives a thorough overview of Swedenborg's five churches, or the five ages of human history as understood spiritually. It includes sections on concepts that are central to Swedenborg's thought, such as regeneration, correspondences, faith, charity, free will, and marriage, as well as more universal questions: how God is present in our lives, why evil exists in the world, the nature of the human soul, and how we are connected to the divine on a deep inner level. The final quarter of the book is devoted to Swedenborg's most popular subject - the nature of the afterlife, including heaven, hell, and the world of spirits.
Rev. Samuel M. Warren (1822 - 1908) had a long and varied career. He started his working life as a farmer in Vermont, was a schoolteacher in New York State, and made his fortune working for a roofing company in Cincinnati, where he invented the "tar and gravel" style of roofing that is still in wide use today. He studied law for many years and passed the bar exam, but never practiced, instead electing to become a minister in the New Church. His religious career led him to England, where he met his wife, Sarah. The two of them lived together in England for many years before returning to Massachusetts, where Warren had been born. He was the minister of a New Church society in Brookline, Massachusetts from 1864 until 1870, and then taught at the New Church Theological School. His later years were devoted to writing, editing, and translating. In 1898 he bought a farm in Vermont, where he spent his summers until his death.