True Christian Religion by Emanuel Swedenborg


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J. Phillips, George-Yard, J. Dennis, & son, 1781. First Edition. Original maroon binding, gilt decoration on spine. Front board detached, internally very good, pages clean. Rare in any condition, scarcely seen without any restoration or re-binding, therefore unique in its original state. 

This copy belonged to James Crutchett (1816-1889), a self-styled engineer who briefly gained fame in 1847 for installing a gas-fuelled lantern atop the Capitol dome, a failed bid to secure a contract to light the nation’s capital city.

'A clear articulation of his theological thinking written at the age of 83. This is Swedenborg's final book, but his first to be translated into English. He was a contemporary of William Blake and their thinking has been compared, although Blake saw his own beliefs as radically opposed. He had attended the 1789 general conference of the New Church founded by Swedenborg’s followers. Blake’s poem “The Divine Image” in the Songs of Innocence, appears to be influenced by Swedenborg. Similarly Blake has said he based his design of The Spiritual Preceptor in this book, but soon decided he was a “Spiritual Predestinarian” and that his church was as subject to “Priestcraft” as in England.

Swedenborg maintained his theological thinking was in response to a divine vision and calling. His revelations were, he believed, a message from God for a new age of truth and reason in religion; and that this constituted the Second Coming. He balances mysticism and spirituality with a scientific and philosophical approach, radical for his time. 

True Christianity presents a satisfying and sensible alternative to mainstream Christianity. This important book, serves as both the keystone in the architecture of his theology and the summary of his far-reaching psychological insights. The work provides unique answers to humankind’s perennial questions about the nature of God and about Jesus, not only what his purpose was and how he fulfilled it; but why his life and death are still relevant to us now.'

Category Theology