Divine Providence: The New Century Edition
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated by George F. Dole
Swedenborg undertakes the difficult task of explaining why a perfectly loving God would allow the existence of pain, suffering, and evil in the world. 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, 494 pages
Portable paperback and e-book, 319 pages
The New Century Edition is printed in two different editions:
Contains all of the introductions, notes, and supplemental materials. The Deluxe Edition of Divine Providence is currently out of stock as we prepare 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.
This work contains Swedenborg’s solution to the “problem of evil”—that is, to the question of how one is to reconcile the notion of a loving God with the existence of evil, hardship, and suffering. It is also something of a self-help book, showing what the individual needs to do in order to change inwardly. As a part of its general presentation of the action of divine providence, it includes a nuanced discussion of freedom of the will and arguments against two traditional Christian notions: that some people are predestined to hell and that it is possible to be saved instantly.
“Written at a time of intense philosophical and theological debate on the nature of God’s governance of the world, Swedenborg’s Divine Providence is in many ways far more original and thought-provoking than anything produced by his contemporaries.”
—Glenn A. Magee, Ph.D., author, Hegel and the Hermetic
“Divine Providence is a challenging essay on the nature of human freedom, a forceful attempt to justify God’s ways to humankind. . . . Dole’s eloquent new translation . . . brings an important and much-needed eighteenth-century treasure to a twenty-first-century world.”
—Gary Lachman, author, A Secret History of Consciousness
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.