Canons of the New Church #0

By Emanuel Swedenborg
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1. The Unity of God

2. The Essence and Existence of God

3. The Infinity of God

4. The Creation of the Universe by God

5. The Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom.

6. Creation from both the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom

7. The End of Creation which is a Heaven of Angels

8. Omnipotence; Omniscience; Omnipresence


9. In God is Love and Wisdom, or Divine Good and Divine Truth

10. He descended in respect of the Divine Truth

11. That Truth is the Word

12. What the Holy Spirit, and the Power of the Highest are

13. The Human of the Lord is the Son of God

14. The Lord's state of Exinanition while in the world

15. The Uniting of Divine Truth and Good in the Human

16. After uniting them, He returned to the Father

17. He glorified Himself successively

18. The Union is like that of Soul and Body


19. A Church declines successively from good to evil

20. The end of a Church is whenever the power of evil and hell prevails over good and heaven

21. Similarly there is a departure from what is internal to what is external

22. The description in the Word of the end and of the progression

23. A total damnation is then imminent

24. The Lord redeemed men and angels

25. The temptations of the Lord, the Christ

26. Redemption can be effected only by God Incarnate


27. The Holy Spirit is the Divine proceeding

28. It proceeds from God by means of the Human

29. It passes into the world through heaven

30. And after that, to men by means of men

31. The Holy Spirit is the Word

32. Its Operation is Instruction, Reformation, etc.

33. God is recognized from Divine Truth

34. What is meant by a man's spirit


35. There is a Divine Trinity

36. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are the three essentials of the One God

37. Before the world was created, the Trinity did not exist

38. The Trinity, after the world was created, came into existence in Jesus Christ

39. This Trinity is derivable from the Word as well as from the Apostles' Creed, but not from the Nicene Creed

40. Discordant ideas derived from the Nicene Trinity

41. This Trinity has perverted the Church

42. It has also falsified the Word

43. Thence there is the "affliction" and desolation foretold by the Lord

44. There cannot be any salvation unless a new Church is established by the Lord

45. The Trinity is in the Lord the Saviour, wherefore He Alone is to be approached that there may be salvation, or eternal life


1. [NCBSP Editor's note: The original Latin manuscript to this work is lost. Two very different copies of it exist. One was done by a man named Johansen under the direction of Augustus Nordenskjold. The other was done by an unknown copyist, and was owned by Major Leonard Gyllenhaal who lived near Skara. The text of these two manuscripts is quite different. Both manuscripts were used by Whitehead in making his English translation, and by Mongredien and Coulson in making theirs. Whitehead uses "Nordenskjold" and "Skara" to distinguish them in his notes. Mongredien and Coulson used "N." and "Sk.". We have replaced these abbreviations, typically referring to them as "the Skara manuscript" and "the Nordenskjold manuscript".

2. The Skara Manuscript has "Index of General Subjects or the Christian Religion".

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Thanks to the Swedenborg Society for the permission to use this translation.