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The Garment of Love: Charity is the Bond of Perfection
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.
2013 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

An analytical outline of Swedenborg's doctrine of love with a special focus on the meaning and implications of the concept caritas.

The most important part of Swedenborg's philosophy has never been termed a doctrine: the 'Doctrine of Love', which according to Swedenborg is the foundation proper of faith and knowledge. Like the 'Commandment of Love' this principle supersedes and overrides all other rules. In effect, it is more important what you do than what you believe, and goodness is more important than faith because the truths of faith are closed to the uncharitable. 'Caritas' or charity is the royal road to wisdom and also has an intrinsic value, since 'facere bonum' or 'doing good' and making other people happy is forever the highest joy of our lives and is its own reward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: The Swedenborg Society , 2013, 1. , 23 p.
, Swedenborg Society Transaction, 10
Keyword [en]
caritas, charity, love, De Charitate, Emanuel Swedenborg
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Specific Literatures
Research subject
Ethics; Latin
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87488ISBN: 978-0-85448-177-4OAI: diva2:604232
Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2013-02-08 Last updated: 2013-09-25Bibliographically approved

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