Emanuel Svedberg said Emanuel Swedenborg (born January 29, 1688 in Stockholm - died March 29, 1772 in London) was a Swedish scientist, theologian and philosopher of the eighteenth century, who had established residence in London. |
In the first part of his life, Swedenborg was a scientist and a prolific inventor. At the age of fifty-six years, he said he had entered a phase of his spiritual life and then said to have dreams and mystical visions in which he discussed with angels and spirits, even with God and Jesus Christ, and visited heaven and hell.
Emanuel Swedenborg was born on January 29, 1688 in Stockholm. His father, Jesper Svedberg, was a Lutheran pastor of humble origin who became professor of theology at the University of Uppsala and bishop of Skara thanks to the support of Charles XI. He transmitted to his son his interest in theses pietistic theses and his belief in the presence of angels and spirits on Earth.
Emanuel studied at the University of Uppsala. At the end of his studies in 1710, he traveled throughout Europe and moved to London for four years. He studied physics, mechanics and philosophy and read and wrote poetry. He is also a great organist and often plays in Uppsala Cathedral. It was then that his taste for life science flourished.
On his return to Sweden in 1715, he devoted himself to the natural sciences and the invention for two decades.
He drew plans of an airplane, a submarine, he invented a decimal currency system also used for the study of crystallography. He calculated a new method to find longitudes either at sea or on land from the observation of the moon. He introduced in Sweden the infinitesimal calculus. In Volume I of his Opera Philosophica and Mineralis (1734) he is the first the advance the hypothesis of the nebula formation of the solar system by giving the nature of the Milky Way, ahead of that of Buffon and Laplace, he is developing a modern theory of the atom, a vibration theory of light, a kinetic theory of heat, takes care of magnetism long before Faraday.
In 1730, Swedenborg’s interest is directed, more and more, to spiritual matters. He sought to discover a theory explaining the relationship between matter and spirit and was interested for that in anatomy.
He discovered the function of the endocrine glands, the brain and cerebellum. He also produced an advanced study on blood circulation and the relationship of the heart and lungs (see Œconomia regni animalis).
At age 56, he abandoned his scientific research to fully engage in theological, psychological and philosophical research in order to introduce to men a rational spirituality. He died in 1772 after writing more than a hundred books on all subjects listed. Some have been translated into french.
• Heaven and Hell
• The conjugal love really
• L'Amour scortatoire
• The white horse (Apocalypse, Chapter 19)
• The Wisdom of angels
• The Divine Providence
• The four doctrines
• The new Jerusalem and its heavenly doctrine
• Lore celestial (16 volumes, including the top five are reprinted)
• Treaty representations and connections
• The charity
• True Christian Religion (2 volumes)