Swedenborgian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Swedenborgian Of or pertaining to Swedenborg or his views.
    • n Swedenborgian One who holds the doctrines of the New Jerusalem church, as taught by Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher and religious writer, who was born a. d. 1688 and died 1772. Swedenborg claimed to have intercourse with the spiritual world, through the opening of his spiritual senses in 1745. He taught that the Lord Jesus Christ, as comprehending in himself all the fullness of the Godhead, is the one only God, and that there is a spiritual sense to the Scriptures, which he (Swedenborg) was able to reveal, because he saw the correspondence between natural and spiritual things.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swedenborgian Pertaining or relating to Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), a Swedish scientific and religious author, or to Swedenborgianism.
    • n swedenborgian A believer in the theology and religious doctrines of Swedenborg; a New Churchman. Swedenborg held Rev. xxi. 2, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,” to be a prediction of the establishment of a new dispensation, the initiation of which took place by the execution of the last judgment in the spiritual world in the year 1757, whereby man was restored to moral freedom by the restriction of evil infestations, the power of which had threatened its utter extinction. In proof of this belief, his followers point to the unparalleled spiritual and material progress of mankind since that date. They were first organized in London (where Swedenborg long resided) in 1788, under the name of the “Society of the New Church signified by the New Jerusalem,” usually abbreviated to New Church. Professed Swedenborgians, though widely scattered, have never been numerous; but Swedenborg himself appears not to have contemplated the formation of a separate church, trusting to the permeation of his doctrines through the existing churches. Swedenborgians believe that this process is going on, and that thus the new dispensation is making its way independently of their own organization or efforts, and even without the conscious knowledge of most of those affected by it. Swedenborg considered himself the divinely appointed herald and expounder of this dispensation, being prepared for the office by open intercourse during many years with spirits and angels (all originally human beings), and with God himself, who revealed to him the spiritual or symbolic sense of the Divine Word (which the world had not previously been in a state to receive or apprehend), setting forth spiritual and celestial truths in every part through the correspondence of all material things with the spiritual principles, good or evil, of which they are the outgrowth and manifestation. This doctrine of correspondences is the foundation of his system, which he elaborated with uniform consistency in many volumes, all first published in Latin. In this correspondence consists the plenary inspiration of the Word, which includes only the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, the Prophets and Psalms, the four Gospels, and the Apocalypse; the other books of the Bible are valuable for instruction, but lack this divine character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swedenborgian swē-dn-bor′ji-an one who holds the religious doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher (1688-1772), founder of the New Jerusalem Church
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Usage

In literature:

Swedenborgians, the, viii, 196.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Mr. Webster was a member of the New or Swedenborgian Church, and held to that faith very strongly.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1886" by Various
He was a bit of a Swedenborgian.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
To the dead Swedenborg succeeded the living Swedenborgianism.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
Fanshawe, the Swedenborgian, was telling me about it.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
I called her Seraphita, after Balzac's Swedenborgian novel.
"My Private Menagerie" by Theophile Gautier
Although Mr. James held much to Swedenborg's point of view, he did not belong to the Swedenborgian denomination.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
I should fancy the artist Blake was a Swedenborgian.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
I should love to be a sort of Swedenborgian with all sorts of fanciful private beliefs.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
He leaned strongly toward Swedenborgian teachings, and believed implicitly in the deity of Christ.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
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In news:

Hollis Weeks Titman , a daughter of Mr and Mrs John DeWitt Titman of Brooklyn, and Eric Holmes Scott, a son of Mr and Mrs Robert S Scott of Los Angeles, were married yesterday at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco.
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