Reli. Notes 21

Reli. Notes 21 - Heavenly life begins immediately after...

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The Modern (Not Contemporary) Heaven Enlightenment: o Human progress and advancement became ideals in the West o More individualism in heaven o Give people what they are looking for in heaven Emanuel Swedenborg: o Appointed by God to share visions of reform religious w/ Christians o Large number of philosophers, writers, artists influenced by him o Heaven and its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen His visions of afterlife Absolutely reliable information from angels o Anthropocentric heaven: Focused on humans Different societies in heaven find their peer group Every angel a perfect/ advanced human form o Beginning of modern view of heaven Modern view of heaven: o Only a small barrier between heaven and earth Easy to pass back and forth
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Unformatted text preview: Heavenly life begins immediately after death Different from idea of Christian mortalism Protestants downplay role of Last Judgment After death, man could be unaware he’s not still in other world o Heaven is a continuation and fulfillment of material existence: Nature again used to represent heaven Material world a gift from the divine o Heaven is a place of activity, progress, and spiritual development Angels can teach and develop souls in afterlife Everyone works because they want to, not because they have to • Similar to Utopia society Spirits move into heaven by perfecting their psychological and moral natures No more stasis in heaven...
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