Life on Other Planets
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated by John Chadwick
Introduction by Raymond Moody
One of Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg's most controversial works, Life on Other Planets recounts his otherworldly conversations with spirits from the planets in our solar system and the moon. Read more
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Is there life on other planets? This intriguing question is still being debated in scientific circles, but Emanuel Swedenborg attested that he had actually spoken with spirits from other planets in the afterlife.
Originally published in 1758, this startling book details Swedenborg’s conversations with spirits from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and the moon, who discuss their lives on other planets and how their cultures differed from those of earthly life.
Translated by the late Cambridge scholar John Chadwick and co-published with the Swedenborg Society of London, this volume also offers an introduction by Dr. Raymond Moody, who ruminates on how modern science is validating some of Swedenborg’s assertions.
“Written by visionary Emanuel Swedenborg and translated by Cambridge scholar John Chadwick, Life on Other Planets is a metaphysical text originally published in 1758, recounting the author’s otherworldly travels and conversations with spirits from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and the moon. Of particular interest is Swedenborg’s assessment of “The Reasons Why the Lord Chose to Be Born in Our World and Not in Another”. Written in point-by-point paragraph style, Life on Other Planets weighs Swedenborg’s transcendental experiences and his deep and abiding Christian faith in equal measure, and is as deeply spiritual as it is far reaching.”
—The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch “The Metaphysical Studies Shelf”, November 2006