Divine Love and Wisdom: New Century Edition
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated by George F. Dole
One of Swedenborg's most popular works, this volume describes a loving God who is equally present with all people on earth–regardless of race or religion–and explores the underlying unity of all living things. Read more
Deluxe hardcover, 842 pages (This volume includes both Divine Love and Wisdom and Divine Providence in a single Deluxe hardcover edition.)
Deluxe paperback, 352 pages
Portable paperback and e-book, 224 pages
The New Century Edition is printed in two different editions:
Contains all of the introductions, notes, and supplemental materials. Please note that the Deluxe Edition of Divine Love and Wisdom is currently out of stock while we work on preparing a new edition. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Smaller paperbacks that include the complete text of the translations, but none of the introductions, notes, or other supplemental materials.
In addition to discussing the nature of God, Divine Love and Wisdom examines the purpose of creation as well as the relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds. One of its unusual features is an extended exploration of the way the heart and lungs in the human body relate symbolically to the faculties of love and wisdom in the heart and mind. The most purely philosophical title of Swedenborg’s later theological works, Divine Love and Wisdom is also the one with the strongest affinities to modern secular discourse—that is to say, it develops theological concepts for the most part without reference to the Bible.
“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 that I would praise so highly.”
—Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., host, Thinking Allowed
“Divine Love and Wisdom contains Swedenborg’s major statement on two fundamental aspects of God’s nature. These two basic cosmic forces intimately determine our life as human beings. “Love” denotes the vital, valuing, and active powers of the soul, deciding the ultimate goals of our thought and action. “Wisdom,” by contrast, represents the cognitive power of the soul, providing the technical means for these goals’ realization. Swedenborg’s work shows how God is love and life itself, bestowing these gifts on all other creatures. This highly readable New Century Edition in George Dole’s sensitive translation admirably reflects the coherence and consistency of Swedenborg’s language.”
About the New Century Edition
The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg presents a modern-language, scholarly translation of Swedenborg’s theological works. The series’ easy-to-read style retains the dignity, variety, clarity, and gender-inclusive language of Swedenborg’s original Latin, bringing his thought to life. Introductions and annotations by eminent, international scholars place Swedenborg’s writings in their historical context and illuminate obscure references within the text, enabling readers to understand and trace Swedenborg’s influence as never before.