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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Calvin, John" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 6041"
Calvin was in a society of heaven but far from the center, and he still held the doctrine of the Church in which he was in the World. He told me that he had corresponded with Luther about faith and about good works, and that Luther did listen and attend, and he showed him that if faith alone were accepted, those things that are in the Word would be contradicted, and still they had to be conjoined, and that Luther had hesitated in reading the letters and had replied that if he were to accept works, he could not separate far from the Papists.
 And subsequently they communicated by letters and Calvin remained in his faith coupled with good works, but Luther in faith alone, believing that faith certainly produces these just as the tree produces fruit, saying that there is a conjunction, but that he had not thought this out as his disciples had. He wrote to Calvin that he could not give support to works because these came from man, from whom no good can come, and because there is merit in them. Calvin was accepted in his own society because he is an upright person and does not make disturbances. I heard this from one of the governors of the society.