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Swedenborg, Emanuel (Stockholm, Sweden, February 8, 1688 – London, March 29, 1772)
Institution / Country:Sweden

From the Swedenborg Society (established in 1810 in London to translate and publish the works of Emanuel Swedenborg):

Two and a half centuries on, we can compare Swedenborg’s experiences (also recorded in his long Spiritual Diary which was never intended for publication) with accounts given by spiritualists and with the evidence collated over the last thirty odd years of ‘near-death experiences’, that is to say accounts given by people whose hearts have stopped, e.g., on the operating table, and have then been revived. There is a remarkable consistency between these accounts and what Swedenborg wrote in Heaven and Hell and other works. Those reporting near-death experiences (and there are now thousands of such accounts) tell of benign feelings of light, gentleness, peace and love, even of being welcomed by deceased relatives and friends.

See list of writers influenced by Swedenborg.

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From the Swedenborg Foundation (founded in 1849 in the State of New York to print and distribute the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg):

What do William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman, George Inness, Helen Keller, and D. T. Suzuki have in common? All were avid readers of the eighteenth-century Swedish scientist, nobleman, civil engineer, and religious visionary Emanuel Swedenborg. What attracted these prominent people, as well as numerous other poets, artists, writers, and people of faith to Swedenborg's spiritual writings?

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From Wikipedia:

Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic and theologian. Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. At the age of fifty-six he entered into a spiritual phase in which he experienced dreams and visions. This culminated in a spiritual awakening, where he claimed he was appointed by the Lord to write a heavenly doctrine to reform Christianity. He claimed that the Lord had opened his eyes, so that from then on he could freely visit heaven and hell, and talk with angels, demons, and other spirits. For the remaining 28 years of his life, he wrote and published 18 theological works, of which the best known was Heaven and Hell (1758), and several unpublished theological works.

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