Author: Emmanuel Swedenborg
Emmanuel Swedenborg was born in Stockholm on January
29, 1688 and died in London on March 29, 1772. His father
was Jesper Swedberg, a man who was a preacher in the court
of King Karl XII and who later even became a bishop of the
Swedish Lutheran church. He changed his surname to Swedenborg
when he rose into the nobility.
After his education at the University of Upsala it soon
became clear that Emmanuel was a man of many talents. He became
a scientist in a broad area of interests. This broad area
includes maths, astronomy, anatomy, philosophy, theology,
geology and engineering. He became member of the Upper house
of Sweden. He had exceptional and unique scientific insights.
In many of his books there are theories expounded that were
only confirmed many years later. For example, he wrote about
the atom. He also wrote down insights concerning the anatomy
of people - some insights that were only confirmed recently
in the 20th century! As an inventor he made designs for planes,
submarines, air pumps and much more. Because of his exceptional
knowledge he was appointed by the king to be an Extraordinary
Member of the department of Mines. In 1724 Swedenborg was
appointed as a member of the Academy of Sciences in Stockholm
and later as a correspondent member of the Academy of Sciences
at Saint Petersburg.
From the age of 53 years Emmanuel devoted himself entirely
to religion. He believed that it was his task to reform Christianity.
He wrote many theological books with insights which were not
always received favourably. In the book which we are showing
he uses Gods name several times.