A scholarly but highly readable study guide, with discussion questions and organized readings. From the Introduction: ” This course is an “overview”that it involves a somewhat cursory view of the theology found in the whole body of Swedenborg’s theological writings, and also in the sense that this content will be seen as much as possible as […]
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The Lord God Jesus Christ on Marriage In...
Positive marriage-related teachings or images are cited repeatedly throughout the Bible. God created man, male and female, in His “image” and “likeness.” (Genesis 1: 26-28) God saw that it was not good for man to be alone and created a companion for him and this explains why a man leaves his parents and is joined to […]
Do angels fly?
It has long been thought, and illustrated in many biblical paintings, that angels have wings and fly. This interpretation appears to be inspired by the representational, or symbolic, images of a flying angel mentioned in the book of Revelation (8:13, 14:6), though there is no mention of wings. Swedenborg cites these passages in several places […]
Kant and Swedenborg
The influential German philosopher Immanuel Kant has traditionally been thought to be very critical of Swedenborg and his work, based on a book Kant wrote, Träume eines Geistersehers (Dreams of a Spirit-Seer). However, close examination of the documents involved suggests that Kant had a more positive view of Swedenborg than has traditionally been thought. For details, […]
Questions: About angels, free will, the ...
On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 5:56 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: Re: A Quesion Hello Swedenborg project. Swedenborg is a interesting fellow, I have been studying him, on my own, for a few months. I recently became interested in him and am still learning much. My question, Swedenborg states that angel’s are former humans, and not […]
New online versions of Marguerite Beck B...
Block’s book is the most definitive – and readable – history of the organized “Swedenborgian” church or “New Church” up to the time of its publication in 1932. However, many of the issues of doctrine and church politics it reviews are still current (e.g. see Do We Need Church Organizations? or So Who Should Run […]
“Emanuel” vs. “Swedenborg”
In reading over a recent post, #10 at the bottom of the bottom of Swedenborg and Spiritism and Spiritualism, I was struck by the usage of “Emanuel” in some statements instead of “Swedenborg.” I had never thought about it before, but “Swedenborg” certainly seems the appropriate term when referring to him in his great revelatory […]
I have recently come to realize that a number of teachings that I had assumed from my Swedenborgian upbringing were authoritative in fact turn out not to be. On reexamination I have come to realize that they only appear in Swedenborg’s unpublished works (see Which of Swedenborg’s Books are Divine Revelation? for details on this distinction). […]
“Jesus Was A Workplace Minister”
“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him (Mark 6:3). “Consider that in the New Testament of Jesus’ 132 public appearances, 122 were in the marketplace. Of 52 parables Jesus told, 45 had a […]