2

True Christianity

572 Pages · 2011 · 1.92 MB · English

  • True Christianity

    T


    R U E


    C


    H R I S T I A N I T Y T


    R U E


    C


    H R I S T I A N I T Y


    The Portable New Century Edition


    EMANUEL SWEDENBORG


    Volume 1


    Translated from the Latin by Jonathan S. Rose


    S W E D E N B O R G F O U N D AT I O N


    West Chester, Pennsylvania Originally published in Latin as Vera Christiana Religio, Continens Universam Theologiam Novae


    Ecclesiae a Domino apud Danielem Cap. VII:13–14, et in Apocalypsi Cap. XXI:1, 2 Praedictae


    © Copyright 2010by the Swedenborg Foundation, Inc.


    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or


    by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information


    storage or retrieval system, without prior permission from the publisher.


    Printed in the United States of America


    ISBN (library) Volume 1: 978-0-87785-484-5


    Volume 2: 978-0-87785-501-9


    ISBN (paperback) Volume 1: 978-0-87785-485-2


    Volume 2: 978-0-87785-502-6


    ISBN (slipcase set) Volumes 1 & 2: 978-0-87785-506-4


    ISBN (portable) Volume 1: 978-0-87785-407-4


    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


    Swedenborg, Emanuel, 1688-1772.


    [Vera Christiana religio. English]


    True Christianity / author, Emanuel Swedenborg ; translator, Jonathan S.


    Rose. — Portable ed.


    p. cm.


    ISBN 978-0-87785-400-5


    1. New Jerusalem Church—Doctrines. 2. Theology, Doctrinal. I. Rose,


    Jonathan S. II. Title.


    BX8712.T8 2008


    230'.94—dc22


    2008005681


    Senior Copyeditor, Alicia L. Dole


    Text designed by Joanna V. Hill


    Ornaments from the first Latin edition, 1771


    Typesetting by Alicia L. Dole


    Cover designed by Karen Connor


    For information contact:


    Swedenborg Foundation


    320North Church Street


    West Chester, PA 19380USA


    Tel: 800-355-3222


    web: www.swedenborg.com


    or


    email: info@swedenborg.com Contents


    Conventions Used in This Work vii


    Volume 1


    The Faith of the New Heaven and the New Church 3


    Chapter 1: God the Creator 5


    The Oneness of God 6


    The Underlying Divine Reality or Jehovah 26


    The Infinity of God: His Immensity and Eternity 37


    The Essence of God: Divine Love and Wisdom 54


    God’s Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence 74


    The Creation of the Universe 100


    Chapter 2: The Lord the Redeemer 116


    Redemption 164


    Chapter 3: The Holy Spirit and the Divine Action 201


    The Divine Trinity 236


    Chapter 4: Sacred Scripture, the Word of the Lord 270


    Chapter 5: The Catechism, or Ten Commandments, Explained in Both


    Its Outer and Its Inner Meanings 352


    Chapter 6: Faith 402


    Chapter 7: Goodwill (or Loving Our Neighbor) and Good Actions 483


    Notes


    Biographical Note 563


    v Conventions Used in This Work


    A


    LTHOUGH True Christianity was originally published as a single


    volume, in this edition it has been broken into two volumes.


    Following a practice common in his time, Swedenborg divided his


    published theological works into sections numbered in sequence from


    beginning to end. His original section numbers have been preserved in


    this edition; they appear in boxes in the outside margins. Because many


    sections throughout Swedenborg’s works are too long for precise cross-


    referencing, Swedenborgian scholar John F. Potts (1838–1923) further


    divided them into subsections; these have since become standard. They


    are indicated by bracketed arabic numbers that appear in the text itself:


    [2], [3], and so on. Since the beginning of the first subsection coincides


    with the beginning of the section, it is not labeled in the text.


    As is common in Swedenborgian studies, text citations of Swedenborg’s


    works refer not to page numbers but to section numbers, which are uni-


    form in most editions. Thus “Secrets of Heaven29” refers to section 29(§29)


    of Swedenborg’s Secrets of Heaven. Subsection numbers are given after a


    colon; a reference such as “29:2” indicates subsection 2of section 29.


    Biblical citations in this edition follow the accepted standard: a semi-


    colon is used between book references and between chapter references, and


    a comma between verse references. Therefore “Matthew 5:11, 12; 6:1; 10:41,


    42; Luke 6:23, 35” refers to Matthew chapter 5, verses 11 and 12; Matthew


    chapter 6, verse 1; Matthew chapter 10, verses 41and 42; and Luke chapter


    6, verses 23and 35.


    Swedenborg refers to the Hebrew Scriptures as the Old Testament


    and to the Greek Scriptures as the New Testament; his terminology has


    been adopted in this edition. As was the custom in his day, he refers to


    the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteron-


    omy) as the books of Moses, or simply as “Moses”; for example, in §218


    he writes “in Moses we read the following” and then quotes a passage


    from Exodus. Similarly, in sentences or phrases introducing quotations


    he sometimes refers to the Psalms as “David,” and to both the Gospel


    vii viii TRUE CHRISTIANITY


    and the Epistles of John as simply “John”; references given in parentheses


    after the quotations specify their sources.


    Some features of the original Latin text of True Christianityhave been


    modernized in this edition. For example, Swedenborg’s first edition relies


    on context or italics rather than quotation marks to indicate passages


    taken from the Bible or from his other works. The manner in which


    these conventions are used in the original suggests that Swedenborg did


    not belabor the distinction between direct quotation and paraphrase;


    neither did he mark his omissions from or changes to material, whether


    biblical or his own. This edition follows Swedenborg’s practice of not


    marking omissions or changes in quotations; but it reserves the use of


    either block quotes or quotation marks for directly quoted material, and


    presents paraphrased material instead as regular text. Words in italics in


    the biblical quotations of this edition reflect a similar emphasis in the


    first edition. In passages of dialog as well, quotation marks have been


    introduced that were not present as such in the original.


    This translation is based on the first Latin edition, published by


    Swedenborg himself. It incorporates the silent emendation of minor


    errors, not only in the text proper but in Bible verse references and in


    section references to Swedenborg’s other published theological works.


    The text has also been changed without notice where the verse number-


    ing of the Latin Bible cited by Swedenborg differs from that of modern


    English Bibles. Biblical references that occur in parentheses in passages


    of dialog are present in the first edition. In these passages and elsewhere


    throughout the translation, references or cross-references that were


    implied but not stated have been inserted in square brackets []. Occa-


    sionally such brackets represent an insertion of material that was not


    present in the first edition, but no note is made of this use in this


    portable edition. True Christianity


    By Emanuel Swedenborg


    Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ


    Please note: To fully download this free PDF,EBook files you need know All free.
    Found by internet command,site not saved pdf file
You May Also Like

Related PPT Template in the same category.