• Love in Marriage

    The Sensible Joy in Married Love and the Foolish Pleasure in Illicit Love

    By Emanuel Swedenborg
    Translated by David F. Gladish

    This contemporary translation presents the nature of male-female dynamics, love, sexuality, and marriage, both in this world and the next.

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Love in Marriage (also translated under the titles Marriage Love and Conjugial Love) is one of the most challenging works written by Swedish scientist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). It is not only about marriage as a social institution—both in the ways that it works and the ways that it can be a source of strife—but about the spiritual implications of marriage and the ways that two human beings can form, continue, and deepen their emotional and spiritual connection in this world and the next. While much of the commentary about marriage and romantic relationships is best understood in the context of eighteenth-century Swedish culture, the spiritual commentary sheds important light on the dualism that pervades Swedenborg’s theology and his stress on the importance of love for others. David Gladish’s contemporary translation, originally published in 1992, remains one of the most vibrant renditions of this work in the English language.

About the Author

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, nobleman, and theologian who spent his life investigating the mysteries of the soul. Born in Stockholm to a staunchly Lutheran family, he graduated from the University of Uppsala and then traveled to England, Holland, France, and Germany to study the leading scientists of the time. He gained favor with Sweden’s King Charles XII, who gave him the position of overseer of the Swedish mining industry. Later, he was given a seat on the Swedish House of Nobles by Charles XII’s successor, Queen Ulrika Eleonora. Between 1743 and 1745 he began to have visions of heaven, hell, and Jesus Christ which resulted in a stream of books about the nature of God, the afterlife, and the inner meaning of the Bible. He devoted the last decades of his life to studying Scripture and presenting his own unique theology to the world.

David Gladish was a scholar, writer, and translator who had a lifelong interest in the works of Emanuel Swedenborg. Gladish taught rhetoric and literature for seven years at the University of Illinois, where he received a PhD; he then taught for eleven years at Franklin College. A prolific essayist and poet, Dr. Gladish edited Sir William Davenant’s Gondibert for Oxford University Press and translated Swedenborg’s short work Faith (under the title Seeing’s Believing) for the General Church Press.

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