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Divine Providence - Emanual Swedenborg
After "Heaven and Hell," "Divine Love and Wisdom" and "Divine Providence" are arguably Swedenborg’s two most popular works. In "Divine Providence," the sequel to "Divine Love and Wisdom," the focus is directed toward earth, at a world so troubled that the loving hand of God is often hidden from our sight and brought into question. How can we believe in the goodness and power of God when we constantly see injustice and war? The answers that are offered turn us toward a deeper understanding of our own human nature and process. Only divine love and wisdom can provide us with the accountability that gives meaning to our lives. 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, and Gregory R. Johnson's authoritative introduction not only explains Swedenborg's often difficult ideas, but places them in their historical context. Divine Providence, a companion piece to Divine Love and Wisdom, depicts God's caring for individuals and all of creation, enlisting humanity in a process of making free choices to create a heaven from the human race. In this important work, Swedenborg describes individual human freedom as inherent in creation, empowered by a God-given ability to understand and make wise choices.