Emanuel Swedenborg by ERNST BENZ
Visionary Savant in the Age of Reason (Swedenborg Studies)

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Originally written more than fifty years ago by eminent scholar Ernst Benz, this volume stands as one of the most comprehensive biographies of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) ever published.

Benz examines Swedenborg’s life through the lens of the intellectual atmosphere of the eighteenth century. Growing up at a time when the classical view of the world was being challenged by the new philosophers and scientists of the Enlightenment, Swedenborg was deeply immersed both in the religious teachings of the Lutheran church and the explorations of rational science. His quest for understanding eventually led to his spiritual awakening and the unique insights that continue to inspire seekers and thinkers today.

Now available for the first time in paperback, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke’s eminently readable translation shines a new light on the Swedish seer.



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Ernst Benz (1907--1978) was a professor of Church History at the University of Marburg. Benz's bibliography embraces hundreds of learned articles and some fifty books, ranging from studies of Eastern Orthodox churches and Asian religions to mystical sources of German Romanticism and the interaction of theology and science in such movements as Mesmerism and electrotheology.  Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke is the author of Paracelsus and The Occult Roots of Nazism.  Dr. Goodrick-Clarke also translated Swedenborg and New Paradigm Science by Ursula Groll for the Swedenborg Foundation.
Published September 1, 2011 by Swedenborg Foundation Publishers. 560 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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While many regarded Swedenborg as an eccentric, Benz shows that he was really no different from the medieval mystics or the Hebrew prophets in his ability to transmit God's revelation to his community.

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