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Religion and the Rebel, Part 13

Religion and the Rebel, Part 13

Wilson now turns to Emanuel Swedenborg, to examine some of his work. It is a short chapter and he doesn’t have a lot to say about him. Most of us have heard of Swedenborg and his amazing visions of Heaven and Hell. The material pertaining to the Outsider and existentialism in his oeuvre is what we’re interested in here. Wilson begins his examination by stating: “For the existentialist, truth is subjectivity; external events are neither true nor untrue, but unimportant.”1 Wilson…

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Religion and the Rebel, Part 8

Religion and the Rebel, Part 8

Colin Wilson believes we need a religion that will provide what the Outsider needs for a life filled with purpose and meaning. In this way, society can benefit from their genius. If “society dies from the head downward,” 1 the head being the creative minority of Outsiders, men and women of genius who formulate the path ahead for the culture, then it follows that the societal body flourishes via the living ideas and leadership of the head. By “solving the…

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