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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 materials and have created a “subscribe” feature to let you know about some of our resources a few times a month. We invite you to sign up at other planets The New Century Edition translation of Other Planets – also known as Earths in the Universe – has been published by the Swedenborg Foundation, translated by the Rev. Dr. George F. Dole and the Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Rose. The spring issue of News from the Swedenborg Foundation reported: “This short work takes the form of an extended description of Swedenborg’s experiences in the afterlife – specifically, visiting the spirits that originate on other planets. He gives accounts of meeting spirits from the planets in our solar system that were known at the time (Mercury through Jupiter, and also Earth’s moon), as well as some extrasolar planets. “The work has often posed difficulty for people who read it literally, given that advances in astronomy have shown that there is no intelligent life on many of the bodies he names, and has been the subject of a great deal of speculation.” The Foundation also recommends: “For an overview of the theories about this work, see the Deluxe volume, The Shorter Works of 1758, where the introduction by Richard Smoley contains a special section on this very topic.” The Foundation adds: “Regardless of how the reader understands Swedenborg’s experiences, the work presents a fascinating spiritual message: that all humans, whether we encounter them today here on Earth or tomorrow in the far reaches of the universe, have their share in spiritual life. The beings Swedenborg encounters offer a variety of different perspectives on how to live spiritually, often highlighting ways in which we here on Earth get it wrong. Along the way, Swedenborg offers some of the most concise explanations of key theological principles to be found anywhere in his books.” This book is available through the F չѥܹݕɜ)éɕ))é ɕIɕЁݥ)ձȴԁЁѡ1ɕ٥5є) ɍ ѕȁ5иAͅаAمQ́啅ˊéѡ 1Ёe)1ЁMMɥQ9̸)IɅѥɵ́ɔ聡輽ܹ͍ɕɕɕйɜ)ɥ́聡輽ܹ)) ɕIɕм)=ȁԁхЁ)ձUȁЀȴȴ)͍ɕɕɕѼɕٔɵ́䁵(