Divine Love & Wisdom
Author : Emanuel Swedenborg
Translator : George F. Dole
Format : Portable paperback. Contains the text of the New Century Edition translation, but not the annotations or other supplementary materials found in the deluxe edition.
Series : New Century Edition
In addition to discussing the nature of God, Divine Love and Wisdom examines the purpose of creation as well as the relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds. One of its unusual features is an extended exploration of the way the heart and lungs in the human body relate symbolically to the faculties of love and wisdom in the heart and mind. The most purely philosophical title of Swedenborg's later theological works, Divine Love and Wisdom is also the one with the strongest affinities to modern secular discourse - that is to say, it develops theological concepts for the most part without reference to the Bible.
"Divine Love and Wisdom, contains many rare treasures, not only for seekers of spiritual truth, but also for scientists exploring the reach and nature of human consciousness. There are few books that I would praise so highly." Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.
"Divine Love and Wisdom, contains Swedenborg's major statement on two fundamental aspects of God's nature. These two basic cosmic forces intimately determine our life as human beings. "Love" denotes the vital, valuing, and active powers of the soul, deciding the ultimate goals of our thought and action. "Wisdom," by contrast, represents the cognitive power of the soul, providing the technical means for these goals' realization. Swedenborg's work shows how God is love and life itself, bestowing these gifts on all other creatures. This highly readable New Century Edition in George Dole's sensitive translation admirably reflects the coherence and consistency of Swedenborg's language." Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke