• Four Doctrines: Redesigned Standard Edition

    By Emanuel Swedenborg
    Translated by John F. Potts

    Although never published as a single volume in his lifetime, these four statements of belief form the core of Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology. Read more

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Although never published as a single volume in his lifetime, these four statements of belief form the core of the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). The four doctrines are: a description of the nature of the Lord, by which Swedenborg means both Jesus and God; the inner spiritual meaning of holy scripture; the nature of evil and and importance of good works; and nature of faith.

This edition is a reprint, with revisions, of a 1904 translation by John Faulkener Potts.

About the Author

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, nobleman, and theologian who spent his life investigating the mysteries of the soul. Born in Stockholm to a staunchly Lutheran family, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and then traveled to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study the leading scientists of the time. He gained favor with Sweden’s King Charles XII, who gave him the position of overseer of the Swedish mining industry. Later, he was given a seat on the Swedish House of Nobles by Charles XII’s successor, Queen Ulrika Eleonora. Between 1743 and 1745 he began to have visions of heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ which resulted in a stream of books about the nature of God, the afterlife, and the inner meaning of the Bible. He devoted the last decades of his life to studying Scripture and presenting his own unique theology to the world.

The Redesigned Standard Edition is a thirty-volume collection of the only complete edition of Swedenborg’s theological writings currently available from the Swedenborg Foundation. Originally translated and published in the early 1900s, the RSE casebound set was redesigned and printed in a more readable format under the direction of William R. Woofenden.

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