In the April 29 Netflix release Things Heard and Seen, a young professor and his wife (George and Catherine Claire) move from New York City to the Hudson Valley, where he has just landed a job at the fictional Saginaw College. George promptly runs into a professor who declares that he is a believer in Emanuel Swedenborg, one of a group of people in the area who follow Swedenborg’s teachings. But how much of what’s in the move reflects what Swedenborg actually wrote?
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Heaven and Hell is Emanuel Swedenborg’s most popular book and his fullest report of his experiences in the other world. In it he describes heaven, hell, and the world of spirits that lies between them, and he recounts in detail the process of passing from life to afterlife, as well as the subsequent experiences of the soul.Learn more
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I realize many will claim that no one can talk to spirits and angels as long as bodily life continues, or that I am hallucinating, or that I have circulated such stories in order to play on people’s credulity, and so on. But none of this worries me; I have seen, I have heard, I have felt.