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The Worship and Love of God

Worship and Love of God - Emanuel Swedenborg

If it is possible to sum up a lifetime of mental growth, to collect together the dreams of infancy, the pious teachings of parents, the studies of youth, the poetry of early manhood; if it is possible to incorporate a mature man's visions of social reform, his concepts of a system of cosmology, his experiences from the study of anatomy, and to combine them with the inward stirrings of psychic vision, and put all these things within the covers of a book - then The Worship and Love of God is that book! For in it Swedenborg sums up his whole lifetime of labour, and lays it at the feet of the Supreme Ruler of his mind. Like an Oriental suppliant, he spreads the burdens of his entire caravan before his monarch's throne. "I could see that my whole life was a preparation," he had written, interpreting a certain dream.

The preparation was now nearly completed, and the reason for it was summed up in this work as the worship of his mind and the love of his heart where all feelings were now subordinated to the love of God. The splendid prose epic that resulted is a half-scientific, half-poetic paraphrase of the story of creation. It was not unconnected with his preceding Animal Kingdom, but rather a fulfillment of it, for in his "Prospectus" Swedenborg had indicated that his last part would deal with the City of God, seen as the culmination of all created things. With such a lofty, all-embracing purpose it is not strange that all the furnishings of his mental world had to be integrated into the work. De Cultu et Amore Dei is a book written, as it were, more for angels than for fellow men. It, is as if the author, losing interest in arguing with those who can believe only the reasonings of their senses, seasonings which avail nothing toward spiritual things - and knowing full well within himself the existence of super-sensory reality - was longing to associate with those intellects that existed only beyond the earthly sphere. From the Swedenborg Epic, by Cyriel Sigstedt

A prosaic novel written by Swedenborg -greatly admired by S.T. Coleridge.

Hardcover: 292 pages
Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation (January 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0877852979
ISBN-13: 978-0877852971
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: .33 Kg


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