How did God create the universe?
What does the universe say about God . . . and about the human psyche?
This highly philosophical work will expand the boundaries of your mind, revealing many deep mysteries of the cosmos, the human spirit, and the mind of God:
Divine Love and Wisdom
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Divine Love and Wisdom was originally published in Latin in 1763. I recommend the New Century Edition linked here for the most readable and accurate modern translation. It is also available in a deluxe hardcover edition combined with its sequel, Divine Providence.
To purchase direct from the publisher in various formats, or to download a free PDF or epub version (without the scholarly introduction and notes), click this link.
From the back cover:
This spiritual classic, now in a new and eminently readable translation, offers unique and often surprising answers to age-old questions about the nature of God, the universe, and the inner self.
Divine Love and Wisdom has been called the most profound work of the Enlightenment scientist and seer Emanuel Swedenborg. It demonstrates how God’s love, wisdom, and humanity are reflected in creation and in ourselves, and suggests that the act of Creation is not a mystery of the past, but a miracle ongoing in every instant of the present. Like a blueprint of things unseen, Divine Love and Wisdom makes visible the hidden design of the universe, as well as the qualities of its Architect. Its vivid depiction of the spiritual mechanism of the world has impressed thinkers such as William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry James, Sr.
Like George F. Dole’s other masterful translations, his rendering of Divine Love and Wisdom captures the striking qualities of Swedenborg’s prose—its dignity, simplicity, clarity, and emotional warmth.
An introduction by Gregory R. Johnson sets Divine Love and Wisdom in the context of history and philosophy, and annotations by Dole, Johnson, and other scholars of Swedenborg help to clarify the work’s eighteenth-century context for today’s readers. Four indexes and three bibliographies provide further paths of access to this remarkable text.
“Divine Love and Wisdom contains many rare treasures, not only for seekers of spiritual truth, but also for scientists exploring the reach and nature of human consciousness. There are few books I would praise so highly.”
—Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D
Host of the television series “Thinking Allowed”; author, The Roots of Consciousness; President, Intuition Network
“This highly readable edition in George Dole’s sensitive translation admirably reflects the coherence and consistency of Swedenborg’s language, while Gregory Johnson’s introductory essay on Swedenborg’s metaphysics of creation offers a comprehensive guide to this important theological work.”
—Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Ph.D
Research Fellow in the Western Esoteric Tradition, University of Wales Lampeter
“In this book brimming over with insight and power, his most philosophical work, the Magus of Stocholm maps out a compelling account of fundamental mysteries.”
Author, Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius and A Secret History of Consciousness
Translated by George F. Dole and published in 2003
by the Swedenborg Foundation, West Chester, Pennsylvania