This work is an exposition of the true nature of God and the human soul, based upon the spiritual visions of the author Emanuel Swedenborg who also described the spiritual realms of heaven and hell. This work contains three volumes: "Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Love and Wisdom", "Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Providence", and "Intercourse between the Soul and Body." They are also all part of the multi-volume work, "The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem."
The first volume describes how God is Love and Wisdom, or Good and Truth, which flows into man's will and understanding. Conjunction between God and man is possible because man has been created in God's image: God is the archetype of the human form. Presented here is a philosophy that is both pragmatic and utilitarian: for love and wisdom only become united in the effects of one's life, which are uses. Also described are degrees of order, and how man progresses through these degrees toward perfection. The second volume, "Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Providence", contains hyperlinked references to the first volume, and can be considered as part of the same work as it describes how God rules and governs all of creation through His love and wisdom, and how and why this is imperceptible to humans. Topics include the purpose of creation, the importance of free will, how each person can be reformed and regenerated from evil, why there should be no compulsion in religion, a person's responsibility towards God, why does God allow evil to exist, laws of permission, and how with all things God considers things with an eternal end in view. Union towards God is effected through self examination of one's sins, acknowledging them, and then resisting them. Good and truth from the Divine then may flow in, which each person then appropriates as one's own. This is the true origin of love and happiness. The third volume, "Intercourse between the Soul and Body", describes the nature of the soul, body and spirit, and the interaction between the spiritual and physical world. As God is life, souls are recipients of that life, and it is through the higher self of the soul that God directs and influences all of humanity. It is through this hidden spiritual influx that humans have eternal life. This work includes a hyperlinked table of content, references, footnotes, and hyperlinked topical indexes. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He journeyed to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study and work with leading scientists in western Europe. Upon his return he apprenticed as an engineer under the brilliant Swedish inventor Christopher Polhem (1661-1751). King Charles XII of Sweden gave him a salaried position as an overseer of Sweden's mining industry (1716-1747). After the death of the King, Emanuel was ennobled by Queen Ulrika Eleonora. This gave him a seat in the Swedish House of Nobles, where he remained an active participant in the Swedish government throughout his life. A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, he devoted himself to scientific studies and philosophical reflections that culminated in a number of scientific publications, mainly concerning minerology and physiology, where he had made several discoveries. From 1743 to 1745 he entered a transitional phase that resulted in a shift of his main focus from science and philosophy to theology. Throughout the rest of his life he maintained that this shift was brought about by Jesus Christ, who appeared to him, called him to a new mission, and opened his perception to a permanent dual consciousness of this life and the spiritual world of heaven and hell. Although he at first published his theological works anonymously, he became more well known to the public when he had a clairvoyant experience where he could describe a fire in Stockholm in 1759, over 400 km away. This was investigated by Immanuel Kant.