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DIVINE PROVIDENCE (NW CENTURY EDITION)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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Written at a time of intense theological debate on the nature of God's governance of the world, The Divine Providence deals with a world so troubled that the loving hand of God is often hidden from our sight and brought into question.

This companion work to Divine Love and Wisdom shows how divine nature governs human life and creation and describes how individual human freedom is inherent in creation and empowered by a God-given ability to understand and decide. This original and thought provoking work suggests that only divine love and wisdom can provide us with the accountability that gives meaning to our lives. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: NW CENTURY EDITION
  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Swedenborg Foundation Publishers (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877855056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877855057
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, inventor, and theologian who made significant discoveries in many of the natural sciences, including astronomy, anatomy, geology, and mineralogy. At age fifty-five, his intensive search for answers to ultimate questions culminated in an awakening that gave him a unique insight into the workings of the spiritual world. He spent the remainder of his life writing about his experiences and how human beings can come to a deeper awareness of the divine.

Swedenborg's ideas have influenced people as diverse as Helen Keller, Johnny Appleseed, William Blake, Henry James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, D.T. Suzuki, Jorge Luis Borges, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. The continuing appeal of his thought undoubtedly lies in his insights into the afterlife, concepts of divine love, and focus on personal and social development.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Simons on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant. Unless I had read it I don't think I ever could have conceived of a plan of Divine government that was so ingenious. The basic concept here is that God governs the human race by allowing people to do as they wish. It reminds me of the saying 'He governs best who governs least.' Therefore God governs in a way that is basically invisible, and yet He still governs.
According to this book God maintains 'control' in myriads of subtle ways, and yet the system is set up in such a way that people really are free. That is, people can acknowledge or not acknowledge God, they can obey or disobey Him, they can think and do as they wish. I think this is a pretty good explanation of the existence of evil. It exists in potential as an opposite of God, dictated by the principle of freedom - but not created by God. I thought this was brilliant. It explains why bad things happen to good people, at least it does to me. That is, bad things are not caused by God but by the principle of freedom itself.
The best part of this book, however, is its articulation of the means God uses so that bad things will stop happening to good people. According to Swedenborg, God is guiding the human race in subtle and miraculous ways towards a happier future. It happens slowly and invisibly so as not to impinge on human freedom. The principle method is information. As people gather knowledge, the knowledge eventually has a great impact on how they act. Knowledge of God is called the Word of God, and it very gradually shapes human actions - but only insofar as people understand, accept, and willingly act on it. I find it easy to believe that information is that powerful.
The purpose of all of this, according to this book, is to bring people to happiness, both in this world and after death in heaven forever. Not a bad purpose.
A work of genius. I would call it Divinely inspired.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joralyn Echols on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I don't think I can say enough about this book! It is actually four smaller works bound together, each one adding amazing depth to reading the Bible and knowledge of God and life in general. The Biblical support that is all through them is fabulously arranged, with clear connections and ideas. This edition of the book is small and very portable, allowing me to take it basically anywhere. It has improved my Bible studying and the quality of my life--because now I know more about how to bring God's love into my life and share it with others. If you are looking for a more intense Bible study, or ideas on how to truly live, this is the book to read!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved this book because of the depth it gave my Bible study. It goes in-depth into the language of the Bible, with the meaning of the word choice. It also talks about the nature of the Lord, helping me know He understands what sorts of things I struggle with and how He can guide me. In looking for a fuller way of life and faith, this book is full of ideas for improving the quality and depth of my life and faith. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants an easy yet deep reading about the Lord and life!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Brandis on December 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains four short introductory works by the profound Swedish writer and thinker Emanuel Swedenborg, who lived and wrote in the 1700s. His works as a whole offer thoughtful Christians a richness of insight and spiritual development comparable to the greatest religious texts of Eastern religions, like the Bhagavad Gita, the Yogasutras, the Dhammapada. These short works on faith, spiritual life, sacred scripture and the Lord show the reader some of what Swedenborg's longer works offer - a thorough renewal and revaluation of Christianity, focusing on revelation, doctrine and charity. As with all spiritual texts, these give the reader back many times the value he or she puts into working with them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Basebi J. Mosinyi on March 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
One of the best books from Emmanuel Swedenborg. A one never to be missed if we are to understand God and the way the governs the universe
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Schrock on September 30, 2012
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"Divine Love and Wisdom" is the first book I read that was written by Emanuel Swedenborg. I was very impressed with both Swedenborg's great intellectual and creative powers as a spiritual thinker and his powers of insight and wisdom as a great mystic. However, I must confess that the skeptical side of my character keeps wishing for evidence for what I am going to believe to be true.

Questions that frequently crop up in my reading of this fabulous work are of this sort: How are we going to know whether or not Swedenborg's claims to have been given revelations of heaven and hell, contact with angels in heaven, hearing conversations between, for example, Isaac Newton and the angels, etc. are of any greater reality than his fantasies and illusions of supposed realities? Can we as modern, critical, rational, and scientific thinkers take such claims fully seriously? Concerning these questions I, all along in my reading of the book, felt perplexed, because I was unwilling to dismiss the brilliant and scientific Swedenborg as a delusional fruitcake. Yet, was I going to really believe that ALL of his claims in such matters were genuine realities, revealed to him by God and the angels? This, then, generated, for me, a continuous strain and tension in reading this brilliant spiritual work.

I wish to mention some doubtful assertions by Swedenborg in this book. Firstly, let me refer to some assertions of his on page 58 (in my 2003 paperback edition): "Anyone can come to an inner assurance about the presence of infinite things in God - anyone, that is, who believes that God is a person; because if God is a person, he has a body and everything that having a body entails. So he has a face, torso, abdomen, upper legs, and lowers legs, since without these he would not be a person.
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