Emanuel Swedenborg: Invitation to the New Church

(ca. 1760–1772)

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Swedenborg never published Invitation to the New Church. Legend has it that when he died in his modest lodgings in Clerkenwell, which was then on the edge of London, this unfinished paper lay on his desk beside his pen. It appears that his anticipated audience included the clergy of the Protestant churches and educated laypeople, who were the most likely to be familiar with Latin. Swedenborg had, however, encouraged and helped to finance the translation of some of his works into...