Swedenborg and Life

The Meaning of Adam and Eve

Episode Summary

Scientifically unsound and fictitious at the surface. Spiritually relevant and profound below the surface. In this episode, host Curtis Childs from the Swedenborg Foundation and featured guests use 18th-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual exploration of the inner meaning of the Bible to shed new light on the Adam and Eve narrative. When interpreted symbolically, the story has profound meaning for our lives today and points to a deeper connection between the physical and spiritual worlds in the future. This is an audio-only version of video-based show, and the podcast may contain references to visuals from the original episode. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVlVBOsW5jk

Episode Notes

Scientifically unsound and fictitious at the surface. Spiritually relevant and profound below the surface. In this episode, host Curtis Childs from the Swedenborg Foundation and featured guests use 18th-century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual exploration of the inner meaning of the Bible to shed new light on the Adam and Eve narrative. When interpreted symbolically, the story has profound meaning for our lives today and points to a deeper connection between the physical and spiritual worlds in the future.

This is an audio-only version of video-based show, and the podcast may contain references to visuals from the original episode. Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVlVBOsW5jk

Discussion points: Book of Genesis / Garden of Eden / Serpent / Forbidden Fruit / Tree of Knowledge / Marriage / Good and Evil / Innocence / Inner Self / Outer Self/ Self-Awareness / Physical Senses /Spiritual Senses / Rationality

References and Downloads:

Featured in this episode and available to download for FREE in e-book and PDF formats!

Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/heaven-hell-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=HH&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL

Secrets of Heaven by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/secrets-heaven-1-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=SH&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL
Here Swedenborg uses correspondences (connections through symbol between the material and spiritual world) to explain the inner meaning of the Bible.

Divine Providence by Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/divine-providence-nce/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=DP&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL
Swedenborg’s answer to the question of how one is to reconcile the notion of a loving God with the existence of evil, hardship, and suffering.

Emanuel Swedenborg Biographies:

A Scientist Explores Spirit by George Dole and Robert H. Kirven: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/a-scientist-explores-spirit/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=spirit&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL

Emanuel Swedenborg Scientist and Mystic by Signe Toksvig: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/emanuel-swedenborg-scientist-and-mystic/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=toksvig&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL

Memoirs of Swedenborg and Other Documents by Carl Robsahm and Emanuel Swedenborg: http://www.swedenborg.com/product/memoirs-swedenborg/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=memoirs&utm_content=jun29&utm_campaign=SAL

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