A new philosophy for a new church in a new world
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish scientist, engineer and philosopher who spent his last three decades writing theological works, both Biblical interpretation and more philosophical works on the nature of God, humanity, reality, and life after death.
We offer his major works here (see links in the left column. Or, if you would like to search/sort by language, here’s a link to help you do that. You will see translations in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, German and Korean.
If you don’t see a particular work offered in your preferred language, make sure to check our More Swedenborg Translations page where we have collected an additional 70 translations in a wide variety of languages. The translations are readable and searchable here while they wait in the queue to be imported and connected to the site’s Scripture study features.
For Latin scholars and those interested in comparing and studying translations, the original Latin of each work is also available throughout the site.
Swedenborg wrote that he was allowed to visit heaven and hell and talk to people there, gaining insight into the spiritual plane of existence. He also said that what he wrote came directly from the Lord, and that it was revealed to him so that the Lord could establish a new Christian church in the world, correcting errors that had arisen in the Christian churches at that day. Despite these extraordinary claims, Swedenborg himself lived humbly, avoided public speaking, and stuck to publishing books, making no attempt to organize a church.
This site is being created to share those theological works and ideas drawn from them, so people can see and judge for themselves the nature of the insight Swedenborg had.
If you’re new to Swedenborg, here are some works you might consider tackling first.
“Heaven and Hell”: This offers a unique and detailed vision of life after death, with people choosing heaven or hell based on the things they love most in life.
“Arcana Coelestia (Heavenly Secrets)”: This 12-volume work offers a phrase-by-phrase analysis of the symbolic spiritual meaning of Genesis and Exodus. It’s a large undertaking, but if you want to understand the Old Testament, it is a treasure trove.
“Conjugial Love”: This describes how male and female minds and spirits are designed to interlock, creating a whole that is truly human. Some modern readers struggle with its being written from a male perspective, but one can see through the 18th-century language to embrace a vision of eternal marriage as the source of all joy in heaven.
“Divine Love and Wisdom”: If you’re into science, this could have definite appeal. The most philosophical book of the Writings, it starts with the premise that the Lord is love itself and traces the impact of that idea on spiritual reality, physical reality and the relationship of God and humanity.
“Divine Providence”: This work describes how the Lord operates into our lives, keeping us in freedom while working constantly to draw us toward love and heaven.
For a complete and detailed list of Swedenborg’s works and the translations of each that are available on this site, please take a look at our bibliography of Swedenborg’s theological works.