By Emanuel Swedenborg
Heaven and Hell is Swedenborg’s most well-liked e-book and his fullest file of his reports within the different international. In it he describes heaven, hell, and the area of spirits that lies among them, and he recounts intimately the method of passing from lifestyles to afterlife, in addition to the following studies of the soul. He counters yes conventional perspectives via preserving that angels (and devils) aren't a individually created genderless race yet humans (both female and male) who as soon as lived within the actual global. those spirits turn out both in heaven or in hell based upon the lives they've got led and the alternatives they've got made in the world. babies and youngsters of any and all non secular backgrounds—atheistic, agnostic, non-Christian, or Christian—enter heaven and develop as much as younger grownup age after demise, whereas adults hold or regain a kingdom of healthy early life. Swedenborg colours his account with plentiful information about the nature of the religious world—having to don't in basic terms with angels and their powers, their language, their houses and garments, but additionally with the conditions of devils and evil spirits.
In many respects, Heaven and Hell is “the position to start” if you happen to desire to develop into accustomed to Swedenborg’s wealthy account of the afterlife. through the years this quantity has been a lot sought additionally through readers who've an curiosity in near-death stories or who search comfort for the lack of a family member.
The New Century variation is a contemporary translation that includes the newest scholarship approximately Swedenborg and his times.
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—Philip Zaleski, the easiest religious Writing series
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—Christopher Bamford, overview in Parabola