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5 Tool Doctrines of New Christian Thought

There are some concepts in New Christian thought that can be seen as “tool doctrines". They are sets of teachings that can be applied to other "main doctrines", helping us to understand how things work, and how they fit together.


The Most Important Teachings About Correspondence

There is a correspondence... a co-responding... between the spiritual and natural worlds.

Order and Disorder

What is spiritual order? What's disorderly? How can we know?

The Most Important Teachings About Order

There's an order that runs throughout Creation. There's a physical order, and a spiritual order, too, and they both stem from God.

The Most Important Teachings About Degrees

There are three discrete degrees of the human mind, and of heaven.

The Most Important Teachings About Forms

Forms... Forms? This is a concept that states the need for intentions, loves, and ideas to be grounded out in things and actions. The road to hell is only paved with good intentions if they never get formed into useful actions.

The Most Important Teachings About Influx

The Lord's love and wisdom flow through all creation. This spiritual inflowing, or influx, keeps us alive in mind and body.

The Big Ideas

Here we are in the 21st century. We know that the universe is an enormous place. We're bursting with scientific knowledge. But how are we doing with the even-bigger ideas?

Rationality

Rationality is the ability of the intellect to understand what is true and good (and the opposite, what is false and evil).

Human Faculties or Capabilities

"Endowed by their Creator" - in New Christian thought, with two capabilities: spiritual freedom, and rationality.

Why Christianity?

What happened with the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth? Was he the Messiah, the Christ, whose coming was prophesied many times in the Old Testament?

Will and Understanding

As human beings, we get stuck all the time in conflicts between what we want and what we know. We want to eat that extra piece of pie, but we know over-eating is bad for us.....

Doctrine

What is doctrine?

Emanuel Swedenborg

Who was Emanuel Swedenborg, and why are his theological works so important?

Where Does Swedenborg Fit in Today’s Approaches to the Bible?

The Bible. Should we take it literally? Should we take it figuratively? Should we take it with a grain of salt, since it was written so long ago? And where does Swedenborg’s approach fit into the present picture?