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Cogitatio

Reflections on philosophy, theology and just observations on life.

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The first epistle of H. N. A crying-voyce of the holye spirit of loue. Translated out of Base-almayne into English. (1574)
Christopher Vitell Hendrik Niclaes
The Works of James Arminius, Volume 1
James Arminius
Politics, Law, and Morality: Essays by V.S. Soloviev
Vladimir Wozniuk, Vladimir S. Soloviev
Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters
Marsilio Ficino
The Complete Poetry and Prose
David V. Erdman, William Blake, Harold Bloom
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (8 Volumes in 4)
Paul Edwards
Cambridge Platonist Spirituality
Charles Taliaferro
Wellsprings of Faith: The Imitation of Christ; The Dark Night of the Soul; The Interior Castle
Juan de la Cruz, Teresa of Ávila, Thomas à Kempis
Paul and the Stoics
Troels Engberg-Pedersen
Locke: Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
Peter Laslett, John Locke

Divine Love and Wisdom

Divine Love and Wisdom - Emanuel Swedenborg, Gregory R. Johnson, Jonathan S. Rose, George F. Dole I had read Swedenborg's Heaven And Hell some time ago and thought it was a decent book, albeit somewhat delusory. This one I probably liked better, but it wasn't free of the same problems. There are some pretty profound ideas though. I especially liked Swedenborg's spiritual analogies (he calls them correspondences) between light/heat and wisdom/love respectively. He later on (specifically in section 9 -probably the best part of the book), makes a further analogy between love and wisdom and the heart and lungs. I must say that analogy sparked my interest and I thought it a profound notion. Some of the book suffers from contradiction, vain imaginings and theology that has more in common with Kabbalah than Christianity.
As with the Christian mystic Jacob Boehme, I have some amount of ambivalence towards Swedenborg. He can be profound, but also deluded. I do believe it is worth reading him because there is some gold among the dross. But I would really only recommend writers like this to Christians that are more mature and not easily given over to vain speculation.