New Church beliefs are founded in the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments, and provide new insight into its meaning.
Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth century theologian and scientist, provided a framework for understanding the Bible's internal meaning, as well as writing many additional volumes which shed light on why we're here and how to develop a functional relationship with God. Sometimes New Church theology is referred to as Swedenborgian theology. You can read more about Swedenborg at our About the New Church website (www.about.newchurch.org).
Below are helpful online research tools for anyone wanting to better understand Swedenborg's Writings and the Bible. For those seeking a more precise understanding of these Writings, or the inner meaning of the Bible, these online resources make it easy to find specific passages and learn correspondences.
New Christian Bible Study
New Christian Bible Study (www.newchristianbiblestudy.org) has a simple to use interface for browsing the individual books. Click on a book from the left menu list it provides, and click the "Read Next" button to progress through the sections of the book. This site also provides insights into the meaning of popular Bible stories, as well as access to the Bible. A search mechanism is provided, both for Swedenborg's Writings and the Bible.
www.eSwedenborg.com allows a user to read or browse the individual books, and also provides a search mechanism for the books.
www.heavenlydoctines.org is geared more towards searching Swedenborg's Writings. It provides the most fully-featured search capability, allowing users to search for specific topics, find exact quotations, and view the original Latin text. This site also includes the capability to search within issues of New Church Life magazine. The user interface will be more difficult for those who want to browse through the Writings.
For a list and description of Swedenborg's various books, see Swedenborg's bibliography.
For those who prefer to read a book, instead of reading online, these books can be purchased through the New Church Bookstore.
You may also download PDFs of Swedenborg's Writings (at www.swedenborg.com).
The Swedenborg Library Digital Collection (at www.brynathyn.edu), brings together a selection of correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, books, journals, maps and other materials that document the life and works of Emanuel Swedenborg, and the history of the New Church. These digital images are fully searchable and are available for private use, scholarly research and educational purposes.