"But no-one's come back
to tell us, have they?"
This is a common
response when the subject of life after death comes up. But no-one has
claimed longer or more detailed experiences of the spiritual dimension
than Emanuel Swedenborg. In 'Heaven and Hell', Swedenborg's most popular
book, he gathered together systematically most of his observations on
the reality of the spiritual world and the nature of life after death.
Swedenborg introduces his work on Heaven and Hell with the following
comment about the negative attitude of many people regarding the
possibility of life continuing after death.
To prevent this negative attitude -
especially prevalent among people who have acquired a great deal of
worldly wisdom - from infecting and corrupting people of simple heart
and simple faith, it has been granted me to be with angels and to talk
with them person to person. I have also been enabled to see what is in
heaven and in hell, a process that has been going on for thirteen years.
Now I am being allowed therefore to describe what I have heard and seen,
in the hopes of shedding light where there is ignorance, and of
An online version of
Heaven and Hell can be viewed by following this link: