In his books, Swedenborg uses a number of familiar key words and terms, but has very different definitions for them than we might assume. One by one, Curtis and Dr. Rose dig into these “Swedenborg Keywords” in their insightful and humorous style to help us better understand the message behind them.
Director of Off The Left Eye
B.A. in Communications, Oakland University
While obtaining his degree in communication studies from Oakland University, Curtis experienced an internal battle with depression that led him to question God and his lifelong interest in Swedenborgian theology. After a period of intense suffering, he recovered from his depression with the help of modern medicine, therapy, and a return to the spiritually uplifting messages he found in Swedenborg’s writings. Now, Curtis is applying his education and desire to help others find peace through Swedenborg’s insights by producing and hosting this weekly webcast. He’s happiest when he can use Swedenborg’s concepts to help someone solve something they used to think was unsolvable.
Curtis has appeared on many international radio shows, podcasts, and YouTube shows, such as Talk Gnosis, Sunday Morning Spiritual, The Butterfly Moment, Dark Thirty Radio, We Don’t Die Radio, and has been a speaker at several conferences including TCCHE and IANDS.
Series Editor of the New Century Edition of the Theological Works of Emanuel Swedenborg
Dr. Jonathan Rose appears on several Off The Left Eye programs. He is the series editor, and a translator, researcher, annotator, and fundraiser for The New Century Edition, an ongoing project that incorporates the latest scholarship in modern, accessible English translations of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological works. Holder of a B.A. and M.Div. in religion and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin, he has focused his career and research on Swedenborg’s life and works. He developed an algorithm for analyzing Swedenborg’s Latin and helped create Latin search software called NeoSearch. He was the curator of Swedenborgiana library and both a tenured professor of religion and sacred languages and chaplain at Bryn Athyn College before taking on his current position with the Swedenborg Foundation. He is the author of The Message of Love behind the Ten Commandments and Swedenborg’s Garden of Theology. He co-edited A Lexicon to the Latin Text of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), which includes a rudimentary grammar of Swedenborg’s Neo-Latin and joins a short list of Neo-Latin dictionaries in existence. He created and hosted the Spirit and Life Bible Study for eight years, producing over three hundred hour-long videos examining the Bible through a Swedenborgian lens. He is an avid musician and has released “Clear Shining after Rain,” an album of eclectic gospel music.