Emanuel Swedenborg

Who he was:

Swedish philosopher, theologian, chemist, anatomist, and visionary, fluent in eleven languages (1688-1772). Swedenborg devoted the first half of his life to scientific investigations. After 1744 he turned his full attention to theology, metaphysics and started to scientifically explore visionary experience. Swedenborg's most popular book is Heaven and Hell. During his life, Swedenborg published over 50 works.

  1. Synopsis, and  further descriptions.

  2. Summary, and another summary.

  3. A biography

  4. A reader's introduction at Amazon

  5. A website emanuelswedenborg.org

  6. Infography

 (online books also here and here and here).  Another here.

The Swedenborgian Virtual Bookstore

  • Primary Theological Works  (and their standard abbreviations)

    Arcana Coelestia (sometimes translated as Heavenly Secrets)



    An extensive verse by verse explanation of the deeper levels of meaning of Genesis and Exodus describing the spiritual development of a human being and the nature of the Divine. (Published in 12 volumes.)

    Spiritual Diary (sometimes called Spiritual Experiences)

    SD or SE


    The personal notebooks kept by Swedenborg of his experiences in the Spiritual World and reflections upon them. They were unpublished until the mid 1800s.

    Heaven and Hell



    A description of the structure and phenomena of the Spiritual World.

    Earths in the Universe



    Conversations Swedenborg had with people in the Spiritual World who said they were from other planets in the universe.

    The Last Judgement



    Description of events in the Spiritual World preparing the way for the establishment of the New Church.

    The White Horse



    A brief explanation of the meaning of the white horse with its rider from the Book of Revelation chapter 19 as the Divine truth of the Lord's Word.

    The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine



    A brief summary of the fundamental doctrines of the New Church with extensive references to the Arcana Coelestia for further reading.

    The Doctrine of the Lord



    A brief work summarizing the teachings about God - His Divinity and Humanity - with extensive references to the Old and New Testaments.

    The Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture



    A brief work summarizing the teachings on the nature of revelation.

    The Doctrine of Life



    A brief work describing the qualities which comprise a life of good which leads to heaven.

    The Doctrine of Faith



    A brief work explaining the nature of faith and its role in the life of regeneration.

    A Continuation Concerning the Last Judgement



    A continuation describing various erroneous beliefs about the Divine and the path of spiritual development.

    Divine Love and Wisdom



    A philosophic treatment of creation - how the Divine finited Himself to produce the natural world and the human race.

    Divine Providence



    A thorough explanation of how the Lord leads people in freedom to become angels in heaven; also, why He allows evils to occur.

    Apocalypse Revealed



    A two volume, verse by verse treatment of the Book of Revelation.

    Conjugial Love (or Marital Love)

    CJ or ML


    An explanation of the sources of love in marriage and a practical guide on how husbands and wives can grow ever closer forming an eternal union.

    A Brief Exposition of the Doctrine of the New Church



    A point by point comparison of fundamental Catholic and Protestant doctrines with the teachings of the New Church.

    Inter-relationship of the Soul and Body



    A brief description of the relationship and interaction between the spiritual and natural realms.

    True Christian Religion



    A comprehensive overview of the fundamental doctrines of the New Church, including the Lord, the Ten Commandments, Faith, Charity, Repentance, Reformation, Regeneration, Holy Supper, Baptism, and the Second Coming.

    Posthumous Works
    Summaries Of The Internal Sense Of The Prophets And Psalms PP    
    The Apocalypse Explained AE    
    The Doctrine Of Charity Charity    

    All of Swedenborg's writings are available online at

    A list of his publications is in a US sales catalogue, and in the UK Swedenborg Society web site. CDROMs containing his works are available from www.theheavenlydoctrines.org and New Church Outreach.

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    Churches and Societies

    Web site
    New Church (Swedenborgian)    
    Swedenborgian Church Google Web Directory 22 site references
    swedenborg.newearth.org Michael David 'New Earth' web site with worldwide links.
    swedenborg digitallibrary.org Swedenborg Project Books
    newchurch.org General Church The New Church
    swedenborg study.com Ian Thompson Books, articles and sermons
    swedenborg.org Swedenborgian Church  
    spiritualwisdom.org.uk General Conference of the New Church, in the UK. Introduction to Spiritual Wisdom
    swedenborg- openlearning.org.uk New Church College, UK. Swedenborg Open Learning Centre
    onechristianity.orgSteve Simons, New Church The One True Faith
    smallcanonsearch.com Swedenborg Project Books of Swedenborg
    Swedenborg Societies    
    swedenborg.org.uk Swedenborg Society, London Archives, Meetings, and Publishing
    swedenborg.com Swedenborg Foundation Publishers
    swedenborg.com.au Swedenborg Lending Library and Enquiry Centre, Australia  
    Related Sites    
    Swedenborg Study.com Many Articles and Books inspired by Swedenborg

    science of correspondences.com

    J.A. Coriat Compilations
    egogahan.com Barb and JudyE Survival
    spiritualquestions. org.uk Stephen Russell-Lacy et al Spiritual questions & comments
    just-in-time-swedenborg.org Dagmar Bollinger Theological Repository
    God-is-Love .org.uk Alan Misson et al Basic theology