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. Read more about Swedenborg.
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.
The New Church Bookstore
The New Church Bookstore, at www.newchurchbooks.com, serves as a one-stop-shop for Swedenborgian literature, carrying a comprehensive selection of Emanuel Swedenborg's works, as well as hundreds of titles reflecting on, inspired by, or complementing his theology. These titles include an array of spiritual guidebooks, children's stories, fictional novels, historical accounts, and complex philosophy. In addition to books, we stock a beautiful assortment of gifts, greeting cards, and local art. You may order online through the site, of course, and we also maintain a physical presence in the beautiful Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, PA, USA. Please come in and browse our inventory if you are in the Philadelphia area (M-F: 9am-4pm USA Eastern Time). For information, call 267-502-4922 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Christian Bible Study
New Christian Bible Study is perfect for reading Swedenborg's works online. With many versions and translations, 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. Visit www.newchristianbiblestudy.org
The Swedenborg Foundation publishes Swedenborg's Writings, and makes them available as free PDFs and free e-Books which you can download, as well as low-cost Kindle books. Visit www.swedenborg.com
www.eSwedenborg.com allows a user to read or browse the individual books, and also provides a search mechanism for the books. Visit www.eswedenborg.com
This website 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. Visit www.heavenlydoctrines.org
For a list and description of Swedenborg's various books, see Swedenborg's bibliography.
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.