#WednesdayWisdom, Swedenborg & Linnaeus


Krohn Conservatory, Butterfly Show 2016

Today is the anniversary of Carl Linnaeus’ death, in 1778, the botanist responsible for the scientific naming convention, binomial nomenclature. Linnaeus was Emanuel Swedenborg’s cousin by marriage.

“Neither Linnaeus nor Swedenborg sensed any contradiction between their early modern world-view and their modern scientific practices. While Swedenborg struggled to find divine ‘correspondences’ in the minute articulations of the natural world, (xiv) Linnaeus sought “signatures” of spiritual significance in fauna and flora. Both men also searched for spiritual ‘signatures’ in the daily lives and political affairs of their countrymen.”(xv)

Schuchard, Marsha Keith.  Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden. Brill, 2012.

#WednesdayWisdom Urbana Artists

AliceArcherSewallJames.jpgIn the late 1800’s, artist Alice Archer Sewall James or “Archie,” as she was known, was encouraged by her family, including her father, a Swedenborgian minister, to pursue art in all forms, be an educated woman and travel around Europe.  In her later years, she “reemerged as an artist and teacher,” taught sculptor John Cavanaugh in Urbana, OH, and also “inspir(ed) a new generation of painters at Urbana University.” ~http://www.swedenborg.com/product/stay-by-me-roses/

#WednesdayWisdom ~Angels & Sharing

NewChurch-Twitter…Heaven is where everyone shares everything of value…

“The intelligence and wisdom of one individual is shared with another…the very nature of heavenly love is to want what is one’s own to belong to another; so no one in heaven regards his or her good as authentically good unless it is someone else’s as well.” ~Swedenborg Foundation

#WednesdayWisdom, Andrew Carnegie

Carnegie-ncom“The Carnegie Center was built in 1909 with funding from Andrew Carnegie, this building served as a Cincinnati Public Library until 1959″


“Andrew Carnegie’s social conscience was shaped in part by his mentors Matthew Arnold and Herbert Spencer, but he was also influenced by Swedenborg’s Doctrine of Uses.”