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The Evening and the Morning

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The Evening and the Morning, originally published in London, 1877, is an engaging didactic novel offering light to the spiritual skeptic. As the hero of the story struggles to bridge the gap between his rational atheism and his fiancée's Christian faith, he finds help from his old friend and former mentor, who provides a guided tour of New Church (Swedenborgian) theology.

The book is aimed especially at readers who have rejected God and traditional Christianity because they believe that religion cannot be reconciled with science and reason. This book faces many of the tough questions of skeptics, especially questions about the Bible and the nature of God, offering answers that are both rationally satisfying and spiritually insightful.

If you would like to explore the profound Christian teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, but traditional non-fiction introductions leave you cold, you may enjoy the livelier presentation of ideas found in The Evening and the Morning.

Table of Contents:

  1. Our Hero
  2. Perplexed
  3. The Rev. Jabez Faithful
  4. An Incident of Some Importance
  5. The Logic of Death
  6. The Logic of Life
  7. Practical Wisdom
  8. Glimpses
  9. God
  10. More Practical Wisdom
  11. Revelation: Its Human Side
  12. Mr. Jones in His Element
  13. Revelation: Its Divine Side
  14. An Arrival and a Departure
  15. Heaven and Hell
  16. Marriage
  17. Historical Difficulties
  18. More Historical Difficulties
  19. Symbols
  20. Jesus
  21. The Last

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