Johann Friedrich Oberlin “A scholarly investigation of his think-ing, his education and his influence upon the world, with a short biography,” by Horand K. Gutfeldt. Accepted in June 1968 at the University of Vienna, Austria.
This full scale survey of the rise and decline of medieval thought, in its primary concern with the relationship of faith and reason, of theology and philosophy, unfolds like a classical tragic drama, reaching, in the course of more than a thousand years, its climax in the work of the hero Thomas Aquinas. The dominant Platonism of the early years slowly gives way as Aristotle’s works are rediscovered and digested.
In the volume before us the author presents the fruits of mature scholarship with the skill of one who is an accomplished master of the English language. Within the brief space of a hundred and fifty pages he gives a remarkable resume of Bible history and geography, illuminated throughout by the spiritual truth revealed in the Theological Writings of Emanual Swedenborg, and correlated with the most recent findings in the field of archeology.
It is now more than two years since the publication of Cyriel Sigstedt’s The Swedenborg Epic. This work has received some consideration in these pages, but recently a review by Dr. Ernst Benz of Marburg (in the Review of Religion, November 1953) has come to our attention and has aroused some reflections. This month of Swedenborg’s birthday seems an appropriate time to discuss the Epic and other biographies of Swedenborg. The following is from Dr. Benz’s review, and is reproduced with the permission of the Review of Religion…