Overview

There are two things that you can do in this section: Read the Doctrines of the New Church and Search the Doctrines of the New Church. For more specific instructions on how to use these tools please follow the appropriate link.

Note: If you are new to the New Church we recommend that you start by picking a topic under Teachings which will lead you to suggested reading and searches.

What are the Doctrines of the New Church?

Through His servant, Emanuel Swedenborg, the Lord has revealed many new things about Himself, the Word, heaven and hell, marriage, and many other things (see the Teachings section of the site). These new teachings (or doctrines) were revealed to dispell the confusion arising from the false teachings of previous churches and to establish a new church (see Teachings - The Second Coming). The Doctrines of the New Church were written down by Emanuel Swedenborg in a series of books known as the Writings or the Heavenly Doctrines. It is these books that you can here search and read in complete form.

The Doctrines of the New Church are extensive — about 16,000 pages in 30 volumes, in current editions. When you are reading them, it’s useful to know that you will occasionally see familiar words used in unfamiliar ways and new words that are unique to the Doctrines. See Read Doctrines for descriptions of individual books.

Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was first a scientist and then a theologian who lived in the eighteenth century. Swedenborg wrote,

The Lord's second coming is taking place by means of a man, to whom He has shown Himself in person, and whom He has filled with His spirit, so that he may teach the doctrines of the New Church, which come from the Lord through the Word.

Since the Lord cannot show Himself in person... and yet He predicted that He would come and found a New Church, which is the New Jerusalem, it follows that He will do this by means of a man, who can not only receive intellectually the doctrines of this church, but also publish them in print. I bear true witness that the Lord has shown Himself to me, His servant, and sent me to perform this function. After this He opened the sight of my spirit, thus admitting me to the spiritual world, and allowing me to see the heavens and the hells, and also to talk with angels and spirits; and this I have now been doing for many years without a break. Equally I assert that from the first day of my calling I have not received any instruction concerning the doctrines of that Church from any angel, but only from the Lord, while I was reading the Word.
(True Christian Religion §779)