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Do angels fly?

Do angels fly?

It has long been thought, and illustrated in many biblical paintings, that angels have wings and fly.  This interpretation appears to be inspired by the representational, or symbolic, images of a flying angel mentioned in the book of Revelation (8:13, 14:6), though there is no mention of wings.  Swedenborg cites these passages in several places […]

Kant and Swedenborg

Kant and Swedenborg

The influential German philosopher Immanuel Kant has traditionally been thought to be very critical of Swedenborg and his work, based on a book Kant wrote, Träume eines Geistersehers (Dreams of a Spirit-Seer).  However, close examination of the documents involved suggests that Kant had a more positive view of Swedenborg than has traditionally been thought.  For details, […]

Swedenborgian Legends

Swedenborgian Legends

I have recently come to realize that a number of teachings that I had assumed from my Swedenborgian upbringing were authoritative in fact turn out not to be. On reexamination I have come to realize that they only appear in Swedenborg’s unpublished works (see Which of Swedenborg’s Books are Divine Revelation? for details on this distinction).  […]