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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologian

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Why did Swedenborg accept any New Testament books?

Based on this question we see that Swedenborg denied most of the New Testament as being divinely inspired. Swedenborg did not reject the rest of the books of the Protestant Bible. He considered ...
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What problems, if any, do Swedenborgians have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to previous questions, I'd like to know: Do Swedenborgians disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series in ...
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How does the Swedenborgian Church interpret Psalm 110:1 and Mark 15:34?

This question is about two passages: Psalm 110:1 and Mark 15:34. In Psalm 110:1, King David wrote, according to the KJV: The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine ...
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Where did Swedenborg believe we came from?

The origin of man is thought by some to be through God's creation of Adam and Eve. Some people believe that we originated from lower forms of animals. And some people believe that aliens were the ...
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How many hells did Swedenborg say there were?

In G.K. Chesteron's essay "The Red Angel," found in the collection Tremendous Trifles, he remarks: One small child in the dark can invent more hells than Swedenborg. What is Chesterton referring ...
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How did Swedenborg interpret 1 John 2:2: “He is the propitiation for our sins”?

Many Christians believe that Jesus died to appease the anger of God. One reason for this is 1 John 2:2, which says: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the ...
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What is the Swedenborgian (New Church) view of therapies that involve access to the subconscious mind?

What is the Swedenborgian view of such therapies as hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming? Is the human subconscious off-limits due to the possibility of possession by evil forces, or can it be ...
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What is the distinction between Justification and Salvation? (Swedenborgian View)

As a practicing Christian, my only hope is for salvation through Jesus Christ. I note that scripture addresses salvation, and that in Paul's letters being justified is proclaimed to be of importance. ...
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How does Swedenborgianism understand Amos 3:2, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth”?

If you can be so kind, please help me understand Amos 3:2: You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities. My understanding is that ...
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Do any non-Swedenborgian Christian denominations have a smaller biblical canon than Protestantism?

As covered in the Wikipedia article on Biblical canon, among the major branches of Christianity Protestantism has the smallest biblical canon, due almost entirely to a smaller Old Testament canon. ...
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What is the role of the Holy Spirit in Swedenborg's soteriology?

A common function of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of sinners, according to Catholicism, mainstream Protestantism, and the Reformed Church, among others, is derived from passages like the following:...
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Did Emanuel Swedenborg posit a hard distinction between the head and heart?

I was reading the article Do Atheists Go to Heaven? by Swedenborgian minister and scholar Lee Woofenden, in which he says: Psalm 14 and its variation in Psalm 53 start out: Fools say in ...
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What writings are held as “biblical canon” by Swedenborgians?

Reading an article on Emanuel Swedenborg, I came across the following fact: It should be noted, however, that Corinthians is not included in the list of books that, according to Swedenborg, ...
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What is an overview of Protestant critiques of Swedenborgianism?

Swedenborgianism, or the New Church, is a religious movement based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). My understanding is that he saw a series of visions, and based on what he learned ...
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How does the Swedenborgian Church explain passages where Jesus talks/prays to the Father?

One of the key points in the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is that the traditional understanding of the Trinity - three persons in one God - is mistaken. Instead, God is seen as having ...
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What is the basis for the Swedenborgian view that the most common concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) is a belief in three gods?

The vast bulk of Christian denominations, representing the overwhelming majority of Christians, subscribe to the doctrine of the Trinity, which, boiled down to its essence, is "one God in three Divine ...
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What's the difference, if any, between the Swedenborgian and Oneness Pentecostal doctrines of God?

Both Oneness Pentecostals and Swedenborgians could, it seems to me, be described as "modalist" in contrast with "trinitarian." Obviously there are plenty of general differences between the two church ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, will a good person who rejects Jesus go to heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or the New Church, can a good person go to heaven if he or she rejects Jesus? If all religions are inherently good, it would mean the a good person who believes only ...
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, do infants go to heaven?

According to Emanuel Swedenborg, or the New Church, do infants who die young go to heaven? If not, do they go to hell?
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According to Emanuel Swedenborg, why are there different types of angels?

Based on various passages in the Bible, Christian tradition holds that there are many types of angels. According to Emanuel Swedenborg, if God did not create angels as a separate race, and humans ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic opinion on Swedenborg?

What is the official opinion of the Catholic Church on works of Emanuel Swedenborg, especially Heaven and Hell?