REV. R. L. TAFEL, A.M., PH. D.
MINISTER OF THE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH, CAMDEN ROAD, LONDON
JAMES SPEIRS, 36 BLOOMSBURY STREET
THE greater portion of the following pages was read before the Conference of New Church ministers in America which was held in Frankford, near Philadelphia, during the first week of June 1876. After the reading, the following action was taken by the Conference:-
"The Conference of Ministers having listened with great interest and attention to the reading of a large portion of Dr. Tafel's paper on 'Authority in the New Church,' it was unanimously resolved that the members of the Conference extend to Dr. R. L. Tafel their hearty thanks for his very thorough paper on 'Authority in the New Church,' and while regretting that time will not allow them to hear the whole of the paper, they would express an earnest desire that the paper may be set before the whole Church by publication; and that Dr. Tafel may also find time (to edit and publish with the paper a full index to its contents."
By a subsequent resolution, a committee of three was appointed to carry out the purpose of the above resolution. This committee submitted the following motion to the decision of the Conference:
"On considering the subject referred to them, the Committee have come to the conclusion, in view of the importance of Dr. Tafel's paper, that it should be recommended for publication to the Board of Publication. They therefore ask the signatures of the members of Conference to the request appended hereto.
J. R. HIBARD, )
JOSEPH PETTEE, ) Committee."
T. A. PLANTZ, )
The request of the Committee resulted in the following application being addressed to the Board of Publication:
"The undersigned members of the Conference of Ministers respectfully recommend the paper of Rev. R. L. Tafel on 'Authority in the New Church to the Board of Publication for publication.
(Signed) WM. B. HAYDEN. SABIN HOUGH.
JOSEPH A. LAMB. F. H. HEMPERLEY.
N. C. BURNHAM. JABEZ FOX.
L. P. MERCER. S. S. SEWARD.
CHAUNCEY GILES. SAML. M. WARREN.
WILLARD G. DAY. GEO. F. STEARNS
A. F. FROST. CHAS. HARDON.
W. F. PENDLETON. J. E. BOWERS.
W. H. MAYHEW. J. W. LEVER.
J. P. STUART. WM. H. BENADE.
E. C. MITCHELL. W. HI. HINKLEY.
WM. M. GOODNER. F. W. TUERK.
L. H. TAFEL. SAML. BESWICK."
CHAPTER I. PAGE
ON AUTHORITY IN GENERAL, 1
THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW CHURCH NOT HUMAN BUT DIVINE, 15
THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW CHURCH IN THEIR RELATION TO THE WORD, 21
THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW CHURCH IN THEIR RELATION TO HUMAN REASON,
THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW CHURCH IN THEIR RELATION TO NATURAL SCIENCE,
THE NATURE OF SWEDENBORG'S INSPIRATION, 51
SWEDENBORG CONSIDERED AS A TRANSLATOR OF SCRIPTURE, 155
THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW CHURCH IN THEIR RELATION TO HUMAN FREEDOM,
DOCTRINE TWOFOLD, OF GOD AND OF MEN, 194
THE GENUINE USE OF REASON IN MATTERS OF THE CHURCH, 218
SWEDENBORG ON THE LORD'S ADVENT, 255
APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS IN THE WRITINGS OF THE NEW CHURCH, 259