The world over, the works of
Swedenborg are read by those who are searching for, and value, new
insights into mankind's spirituality. His teachings and visions and the
spiritual wisdom they contain, are
presented in a rational and scientific manner, because he himself said
that truth must be always understood in the clear light of reason.
He rejected blind faith which forces believers to confess what they
Emanuel Swedenborg was born
in Sweden in 1688, a son of a Lutheran Bishop. After a university
education he followed a scientific career and continued his studies in
England where he was an admirer of Isaac Newton. After his return he
worked for the King of Sweden as an engineer and then became a member of
the Board of Mines as a mining consultant and metallurgist. he brought
the Swedish steel and copper industries up to date and had considerable
influence on the early English iron industry which adopted his methods.
He continued to study other sciences and to publish his research papers.
In middle age, he turned to
anatomy in his search for the human soul, and made remarkable advances
and anticipations concerning the operation of the body. He discovered
the function of the motor areas of the cerebral lobes; the synchronicity
of the function of the brain and the lungs; the function of the ductless
glands and of the cerebro-spinal fluid.
But the discovery of the soul eluded him. At the age
of 57 Emanuel Swedenborg was granted a direct perception of
the spiritual world, a perception which he recognised as a revelation
from God. He gave up his career as a scientist and philosopher, a career
which was bringing considerable fame throughout Europe, and made
preparations to publish theological works which contained the spiritual
truths he was shown and experienced. he understood this event as the
birth of the New Age when it is to be "permitted to enter with the
understanding into the mysteries of faith" by means of the
spiritual truths which were being revealed to mankind through him. For
the first time, a highly trained scientific intellect was used to
describe spiritual laws and principles by observing the life of the
In England he found freedom
of thought and so the press, and travelled to London many times in order
to publish his works there. This is also where he died at the age of 84.
Swedenborg neither preached nor gathered any congregations around him
believing that the truth would be accepted when people were ready.
A new biography of Swedenborg has recently been
published in English.
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