New Christian thought is based on the mid-1700's theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg. He published two groundbreaking works of Bible interpretation, and 16 other books on the nature of God, humanity, reality, and life after death. Here, we've assembled a big, multi-lingual online collection of them. Explore it!
The Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg: A new philosophy for a new church in a new world
Published Theological Works
A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine
This brief work, published in 1769, compares the doctrines of the Catholic and some Protestant churches in the 1700s, and contrasts them with the teachings that the new Christian church needs to have.
This is a detailed explanation of the inner meaning of John's visions, as he described them in the "Book of Revelation," or the "Apocalypse".
A true loving marriage between a husband and wife is the ideal human state. It corresponds to the Lord's love and wisdom at a deep level. And, we can work to become able to receive this gift.
Divine Love and Wisdom
God works from Divine Love through Divine Wisdom to create the universe - first in its spiritual dimensions and then in its physical dimensions.
Doctrine of Faith
Is faith alone workable? No. In this work Swedenborg argues carefully and convincingly that it isn't. He describes what faith is, how we work to develop it, and how it must be conjoined with charity, i.e. love to the neighbor, to be real faith.
Doctrine of Life
What are we supposed to do with our lives? This little work explains the steps towards regeneration and how we can clear the ground and allow the Lord to implant and nurture a good set of loves within us. It's a practical book; a how-to guide to eternal happiness.
Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture
The literal stories of the Word are important and sacred because they contain deep inner meaning. The Old and New Testaments are based on correspondences between spiritual and natural things.
Heaven and Hell
Do we go anywhere when we die? Swedenborg describes the spiritual world as a real "place" that operates on a different plane from the physical world.
Supplements on the Last Judgment and the Spiritual World
This book supplements two of Swedenborg's earlier works, "The Last Judgment" and "Heaven and Hell".
The Last Judgement
At the end of each spiritual "age" in human history, there's a "last judgment", a spiritual sea change. The First Christian Church had its last judgment in the mid-1700's, clearing the way for newer, more truly Christian ideas to flow in.
The White Horse
The apostle John saw a vision of a white horse, symbolizing the Divine truth of the Lord's Word. It illustrates a more general principle of correspondences.
True Christian Religion
This work surveys the fundamental doctrines of the New Christian Church - about the Lord, the Ten Commandments, faith, charity, repentance, reformation, regeneration, and much more.
Theological Drafts, Indexes, Diaries...
A Conversation with John Calvin
Swedenborg was well known for his vivid descriptions of spiritual experiences. In this manuscript, he describes a conversation he had with John Calvin in the spiritual world.
An Ecclesiastical History of the New Church
In this note, Swedenborg outlines the points he would make in a potential work on the history of the new Christian church.
This exegesis of the "Book of Revelation" was drafted from 1757-1759, but wasn't finished. (Later, in 1766, Swedenborg tackled "Revelation" again, reworking and condensing, and published "Apocalypse Revealed".)
Arcana Coelestia - Index
This is an index that Swedenborg assembled as he worked on "Arcana Coelestia".
What does it really mean to be charitable? Swedenborg outlines the topic in this brief draft.
Conversations with Angels
In these notes, Swedenborg recounts a few conversations he had with angels during some of his spiritual experiences.
This is a pre-cursor draft of the work entitled "The Lord," It outlines the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ as God.
De Verbo (The Word)
This is a pre-cursor draft of "The Sacred Scripture". It outlines the way that the Divine communicates with us in the Word via its inner meaning.
This draft is a precursor to "The Divine Love and Wisdom". It shows how Divine Wisdom provides forms or methods that Divine Love uses to take action.
Five Memorable Relations
In this draft, Swedenborg describes five scenes from his spiritual experiences. In one interesting case, he gets to feel what it's like to wake up in the afterlife.
Gad and Asher
In this fragment Swedenborg notes the correspondences of Gad and Asher, two sons of Jacob.
God the Savior
In this note, Swedenborg lists the key points that describe how God could save us by being born in human form, as Jesus Christ.
Index 2, to Angelic Wisdom Concerning Marriage
This index (2) is a more detailed version of "Marriage Index 1". Both were for a now-missing draft of Swedenborg's work on marriage, "Conjugial Love".
This is a two-paragraph fragment of Swedenborg's thought on how the divine influence takes place in the natural world. It was inscribed by Swedenborg (in around 1750) on the leaflet of the copy of Swammerdam's "Naturae Bible" which he presented to Count Hopkin, and which is now in the possession of the Carolinska Institute in Stockholm.
In this short draft, Swedenborg outlines the Catholic Church's doctrine about justification (which he disagreed with). Summary points are filled in with details from official Council of Trent documents.
Last Judgment (Posthumous)
This manuscript was a draft for the published work, "A Continuation concerning the Last Judgment".
This is a rough sketch for Swedenborg's work entitled "De Amore Conjugiali", usually titled in in English as "Conjugial Love" or "Marriage Love".
Miracles and Signs
Swedenborg outlined a potential work on miracles, and how divine miracles differ from the magic practiced in ancient religions.
On the Athanasian Creed
In this short work Swedenborg describes the core theological problems relating to the Trinity, as it was described in the Athanasian Creed.
Precepts of the Decalog
Swedenborg wrote this as a draft for "The Doctrine of Life", basing it on the Ten Commandments.
In these manuscripts, Swedenborg logged his experiences in the spiritual world, and his reflections about them. They were unpublished until the mid-1800s.
Spiritual Experiences-Word Explained
This work dates from early in Swedenborg's transition from scientist to theologian. It's interesting; this shows his initial effort to explain the internal meaning of the Word.
Summaries in Exposition of Apocalypse
In this study, Swedenborg summarized chapter-level explanations of the internal meaning of the "Book of Revelation".
The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms
This study is a nicely organized overview/study guide for the internal sense of the books of the Prophets in the Old Testament, and all of the Psalms. Originally translated by Rev. J. E. Schreck in 1900, it was updated by NCBS editors in 2015.
The White Horse - Appendix
In 1758, Swedenborg published "The White Horse, using this image from Revelation to illustrate that the Word is written using correspondences between spiritual and natural things. In 1769, he wrote this letter to Rev. Thomas Hartley, providing more examples of places in the Word where horses correspond to the understanding of truth.
The Worship and Love of God (1745)
This work is somewhat unique amongst Swedenborg's writings; it's the only one that was both published AND unfinished. It's a transitional work, between Swedenborg's scientific career and his theological one. In it, he describes the generation and formation of the soul. The work is dramatic in form, and allegorical. The first two Parts present a succession of six Scenes or Acts. Underlying the play, though, you can see Swedenborg's cutting-edge scientific understanding, in 1745.
Swedenborg's Journal of Dreams
In this journal from 1744, Swedenborg logged his dreams and then the spiritual experiences that he started having. It wasn't intended for publication. Instead, with his growing interest in human psychology, it seems to be an attempt by Swedenborg to start tracking and analyzing his own experiences as data.
The Way to a Knowledge of the Soul
The present translation of Swedenborg's treatise "De Via ad Cognitionem Animae" is by James John Garth Wilkinson, M. D., and is reprinted, with some revision, from the first edition of the Posthumous Tracts. In the second reference Dr. Tafel assigns to it the date 1738 and lists it as number 53 in the "Chronological Account." From the contents of this paper it appears that it marks the author's passage from his preliminary investigations concerning the nature of the soul to the more thorough methods which reached their first culmination in his Economy of the Animal Kingdom.
The Word Explained
The full title of this translation is "THE WORD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT EXPLAINED". Swedenborg's interests gradually shifted from the physical sciences to life sciences -- biology, anatomy, and the human body -- especially the brain. He was exploring the interaction between the soul and the body, and - more and more - felt that he needed to approach the topic from a spiritual perspective, i.e. that anatomy wasn't going to find the soul -- but that human spirituality was a deep reality that needed to be better understood. In this work, which is seen by Swedenborg scholars as being transitional, he focuses hard on trying understand and explain the Bible's inner meaning.