To be held in New York, Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14, 1899, in the rooms of the American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society, No. 3 West Twenty-ninth Street.
THE Fourth Annual Meeting of the Swedenborg Scientific Association, held at the rooms of the American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society, New York, Monday, May 27th, and Tuesday, May 28th, 1901.
To answer this question in a satisfactory manner would require many days. We would have to spend an evening like this on every chapter. So the answer that I will make to this inquiry to-night is but a fragment. I shall have to content myself with mere statements of the most conspicuous benefits which a student of natural science may gain from a careful study of the work before us.
ALL New churchmen know that the works of Swedenborg usually classed as philosophic or scientific, cannot be placed in the same category with the Writings. The former treat of Nature and its laws, the latter of the spiritual world and the spiritual truths of the Word of God. The former are addressed to men of science and all interested in a deep study of natural laws; the latter speak to all men, especially to those who are to be formed into a New Church. The former are addressed to the natural understanding and the natural reason,—to a reason that is affirmative to spiritual light ; the latter are addressed to the understanding of spiritual things and also to faith. The former the author presents as his own, and begs the reader to point out the error if he finds it, and modestly and humbly submits his views to the consideration of the learned world ; the latter speak with authority given with the most solemn assertion that there is i n them nothing of the writer's own, nothing except that which is from God out of heaven. The former make no claim to the title of revelation; the latter exhibit the claim of an immediate revelation from God. The former are the views of a highly enlightened philosopher, being unconsciously prepared to be the instrument of the Lord's coming; the latter stand forth as that very Coming itself to establish the New Church.