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Emmanuel Swedenborg
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Religious Figure
    (February 8, 1688-March 29, 1772)
    Born in Stockholm, Sweden
    Swedish theologian and scientist
    Made major contributions to the studies of chemistry and metallurgy
    Started his own religion
    Wrote 'Heavenly Secrets,' 'The Principles of Chemistry,' 'The Animal Kingdom,' 'The Worship and Love of God' and 'Heaven and Hell'
    He claimed to have had a vision from God that commanded him to reform Christianity.
    If he is to be believed, then the entirety of Christianity screwed up the concept of the Trinity and the canon of the Bible among other things until he came along.
    He claimed to be psychic.
    He wrote a peculiar work trying to reconcile metallurgy and philosophy.
    He never had a large following during his own lifetime and only a tiny one today.
    He rejected the concept of faith alone, believing that good works are required of the true Christian.
    He was once in charge of all the mines in Sweden.
    He stuttered and never gave a speech in public.
    Much like Leonardo Da Vinci, he drew up plans for machines like submarines and airplanes long before they were invented.
    He had an interesting gallery of fans including Immanuel Kant, Johnny Appleseed, Helen Keller, Carl Jung and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
    He did a great deal of research to support his teaching; extensively incorporating the teachings of the early Church Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, and the Neo-Platonists in his writings.

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