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Emanuel Swedenborg

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the works of Swedish Christian mystic and theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, and his influence on Western esotericism. Swedenborg occupied a key position in the history of Western ... More


The Last Judgement

Peter Otto

in Blake’s Critique of Transcendence: Love, Jealousy, and the Sublime in The Four Zoas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187196
eISBN:
9780191674655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187196.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter examines Emanuel Swedenborg's thoughts about the Last Judgement in relation to the Ninth Night of William Blake's The Four Zoas. It suggests that the events of the Ninth Night should be ... More


Memory

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores Victorian ideas of memory and mourning in America and argues that shifts in religious concepts regarding the saved and the damned accounted for a dramatic increase in the ... More


Building a Swedenborgian Heaven

Peter Otto

in Blake’s Critique of Transcendence: Love, Jealousy, and the Sublime in The Four Zoas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187196
eISBN:
9780191674655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187196.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter examines the influence of Emanuel Swedenborg on the part of William Blake's The Four Zoas that focuses on Albion rising upon his couch of death. In this part of the prophetic poem, Blake ... More


“A Marvelous Work and a Wonder”: The Book of Mormon as Sacred Sign

Terryl L. Givens

in By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the context of 19th‐century American millennialism, many early converts to Mormonism heralded the Book of Mormon as a sign of the end times. In an era of many prophets and visionaries, the Book of ... More


The Metaphysical Joseph Smith

Catherine L. Albanese

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the Mormon prophet as a metaphysical figure. Noting that American religious history has too often limited itself to mainstream denominationalism and evangelicalism, the chapter ... More


Franz Joseph Gall: The Cerebral Organs of Mind

Stanley Finger

in Minds Behind the Brain: A history of the pioneers and their discoveries

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181821
eISBN:
9780199865277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181821.003.0009
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

During the final decades of the 18th century, many scientists were trying to associate bodily features with personality characteristics. In particular, physiognomy, the art of judging character from ... More


Mysticism, Mesmerism, Mind Cure

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter explores the far-reaching influences in American religion and medicine of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist and mystic, and Franz Anton Mesmer, who developed Mesmerism, the ... More


The Recurring Nightmare, the Elusive Secret: Historical and Imaginary Roots of Sex Magic in the Western Tradition

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter provides a brief overview of the background of sexual magic in the West, both in its imaginary forms and in its more concrete historical roots. It explains that since at least the time ... More


Death of the Body/Liberation of the Spirit

Peter Otto

in Blake’s Critique of Transcendence: Love, Jealousy, and the Sublime in The Four Zoas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187196
eISBN:
9780191674655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187196.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter analyses the part of The Four Zoas which is about the death of the body and the liberation of the spirit. It suggests that non-existence or death represents the disintegration of the ... More


Introduction

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The introduction contextualizes the religious movement of Spiritualism as a cultural product of the American Renaissance. Looking to the past and specifically the Classical world for answers and ... More


Selections from Suedenborugu (Swedenborg)

Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, and Richard M. Jaffe (eds)

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520269170
eISBN:
9780520965355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269170.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter contains excerpts from D. T. Suzuki's Suedenborugu (Swedenborg), a book about Swedish scientist and religious philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg. In the Preface, Suzuki describes Swedenborg ... More


The Brain and Its Functions Prior to Gall

Stanley Finger

in Franz Joseph Gall: Naturalist of the Mind, Visionary of the Brain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190464622
eISBN:
9780190464646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190464622.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Very little was known about the brain, its structural organization, and its functions when Gall began his dissections of animals, autopsies on people, and studies of individuals with congenital or ... More


Introduction: A Voyage Across Time

Stanley Finger

in Minds Behind the Brain: A history of the pioneers and their discoveries

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195181821
eISBN:
9780199865277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181821.003.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

This book examines how Western ideas about the brain emerged and developed by focusing on discoveries in the fields of neurology, anatomy, and physiology. It shows that new ideas have sometimes split ... More


Swedenborg’s View of Heaven and “Other-Power”

Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, and Richard M. Jaffe (eds)

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520269170
eISBN:
9780520965355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269170.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter contains an essay written by D. T. Suzuki in which he compares the Buddhist paradise, or Pure Land, with Emanuel Swedenborg's concept of heaven: the land of divine love, attainable by ... More


Introduction

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of Western esotericism. This book offers an overview of the main movements, currents, and figures of these ... More


Skull and Cast “Libraries”

Stanley Finger

in Franz Joseph Gall: Naturalist of the Mind, Visionary of the Brain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190464622
eISBN:
9780190464646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190464622.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Gall’s skull and cast collections served as his research “library.” He had a large one in Vienna, and he built a second one starting with some of his prized earlier pieces after settling in Paris in ... More


‘The seal and servant of Christianity’: The Spiritualist Alternative

Michael R. Watts

in The Dissenters Volume III: The Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198229698
eISBN:
9780191744754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Religion, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter considers the emergence of the Spiritualist movement as an alternative defence of Christianity. The movement began in the United States and reached England in 1852. In its first two ... More


Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

Mindfulness is widely claimed to improve health and performance, and historians typically say that efforts to promote meditation and yoga therapeutically began in the 1970s. In fact, they began much ... More


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