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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Interfaith Days: New Church Day
Yesterday was New Church Day, the holiday that honors the publication of The True Christian Religion by Emanuel Swedenborg in 1770. Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist and inventor who, in 1744, began to experience visions and dreams which he attributed to a spiritual awakening. For the remainder of his life he published several theological works in which he expounded new Christian doctrines which God had revealed to him: God would replace the church with a New Church in which worshipers followed Christ through cooperating in repentance and regeneration. Swedenborgian beliefs are explained at the websites http://www.swedenborg.org/Beliefs.aspx and http://www.newchurch.org See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church