The Value of Swedenborg's Philosophical Works to New Church Education
Today we celebrate the birthday of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Lord’s servant, who in the humility of his later life was able happily to acknowledge his own nothingness as he undertook his Divine mission to reveal the Divine Human; so making God forever visible to man. As Swedenborg said: “These works are by the Lord who used me as the means (a Domino per me).” He was but an instrument in the hands of our Creator, who used the vessels of his mind to reveal Divine truth much as mortal men might use a pen to express their knowledges. This analogy of the pen can be taken a step further to illustrate something more of the nature of Divine revelation.
During a visit to Europe in the summer of 1964, I was able to visit with people who are interested in the same sort of things as are the members of the Swedenborg Scientific Association, namely the study and application of the Writings and philosophical works of Emanuel Swedenborg.