This is a translation of: De Coelo et de Inferno, by Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated into English by Doris H. Harley
Do we go anywhere when we die? In "Heaven and Hell", Swedenborg describes the spiritual world as a real "place" that operates on a different plane from the natural world. In it there are three main states - a place where we gradually lose our ability to hide our real loves and where we sort ourselves into those who have good loves as their ruling love and those who are primarily selfish. Good people gravitate to communities where there are like-minded people and so do evil people - forming heavenly societies and hellish ones. It's a fascinating account and even religious skeptics will find some food for thought.
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Do we go anywhere when we die? Swedenborg describes the spiritual world as a real "place" that operates on a different plane from the physical world.
Created or translated by: Doris H. Harley
Date of creation: 1958
Credit: Thanks to the Swedenborg Society for the permission to use this translation.
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Published: 1958 in London, England by Swedenborg Society