Category: Swedenborg

Categories: Philosophers

See also Category: Swedenborgianism

Later history

Swedenborg made no attempt to found a church. A few years after his death – 15 by one estimate – for the most part in England, small reading groups formed to study his teachings. ] As one scholar states, The Heavenly Doctrine particularly appealed to the various dissenting groups that sprang up in the first half of the 18th century who were "surfeited with revivalism and narrow-mindedness" and found his optimism and comprehensive explanations appealing.

A variety of important cultural figures, both writers and artists, were influenced by Swedenborg's writings, including Robert Frost, Johnny Appleseed, William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, Daniel Burnham, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Flaxman, George Inness, Henry James Sr., Carl Jung, Immanuel Kant, Honoré de Balzac, Helen Keller, Czesław Miłosz, August Strindberg, D. T. Suzuki, and W. B. Yeats.
His philosophy had a great impact on the Duke of Södermanland, later King Carl XIII, who as the Grand Master of Swedish Freemasonry (Svenska Frimurare Orden) built its unique system of degrees and wrote its rituals. In contrast, one of the most prominent Swedish authors of Swedenborg's day, Johan Henric Kellgren, called Swedenborg "nothing but a fool". A heresy trial was initiated in Sweden in 1768 against Swedenborg writings and two men who promoted them. . . . more . . Wikipedia®

Person Profiles (4)

22 May 1859 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland - 07 Jul 1930 photo
01 Mar 1796 Angel Court, Westminster - 29 Jun 1878
16 Sep 1844 Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom - 21 Nov 1900
aft 29 Jan 1688 Jakob och Johannes, Stockholm, Sverige - 29 Mar 1772 photo

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