Author : Emanuel Swedenborg
Translator : George F. Dole
Format : Deluxe paperback. Includes an introduction that places the work in its historical context, annotations explaining obscure references within the text, indexes, bibliographies, and other reference material.
Series : New Century Edition
This work contains Swedenborg's solution to the "problem of evil", that is, to the question of how one is to reconcile the notion of a loving God with the existence of evil, hardship, and suffering. It is also something of a self-help book, showing what the individual needs to do in order to change inwardly. As a part of its general presentation of the action of divine providence, it includes a nuanced discussion of freedom of the will and arguments against two traditional Christian notions: that some people are predestined to hell and that it is possible to be saved instantly.
"Written at a time of intense philosophical and theological debate on the nature of God's governance of the world, Swedenborg's Divine Providence is in many ways far more original and thought-provoking than anything produced by his contemporaries. George F. Dole's translation is extremely readable." Glenn A. Magee, Ph.D., author, Hegel and the Hermetic
"Divine Providence, is a challenging essay on the nature of human freedom, a forceful attempt to justify God's ways to humankind. . . . Dole's eloquent new translation . . . brings an important and much-needed eighteenth-century treasure to a twenty-first-century world." Gary Lachman, author, A Secret History of Consciousness