Book Expo April 2016

Science, Spirituality, and Swedenborgian
Theory throughout History

Learn, explore, be challenged: A vast array of new books and educational talks throughout the day

Watch the talks and presentations online




April 9, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

  • Educational talks  (9am–3:30pm)

  • Reception and discussion (4:00-5:30pm)

  • Books on sale throughout the day until 4:30

Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA



Featured Speaker:

Dr. Reuben Bell (President of the Swedenborg Scientific Association)

Intelligent Default


All are cordially invited to attend the second annual Book Expo on April 9, 2016. at Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA. This year’s theme is Science, Spirituality, and Swedenborgian Theory throughout History. A vast array of new books are available for review as well as educational talks throughout the day. Books can be purchased directly at the Book Expo (cash or check), the Cathedral Bookstore, and

Expo Schedule

8:30 am - 4:30 pmBooks for review and sale
9:00 amConscience: Forensic PsychologyDr. Soni Werner
This ebook is about preventing crime, intervening once it begins, and rehabilitating criminals after they have been incarcerated. Dr. Werner’s latest e-book summarizes some of the latest research in neuroscience on the criminal brain and research studies on forensic psychology. In addition, the conscience is viewed from a Swedenborgian perspective.
10:00 amIntelligent DefaultDr. Reuben Bell, President of the SSA
Natural forms are not “designed,” nor do they appear by accident. Every organic form is a “default setting”, as it were, established according to parameters inherent in matter, in response to environmental conditions, but dependent on reciprocal, functional interaction with a spiritual cause as well. These parameters are analogically reflective of the human form, manifesting itself in continual creation, by means of processes described by Swedenborg’s doctrines of Degrees, Forms and Correspondence. Evolution of new forms and adaptation of existing forms to changing conditions, occur in the crucible of the “randomness” of nature, into which, at its inmost level, flows the template of divine human form.
11:00 amHuh? What's this basket still doing here, covering our lamp? Steve David
There are a couple of billion people who are trying (or used to try) to read the Word [Bible]—but without enough light. In the New Church, we've got more light, but there's this inadvertent basket over it. We've tried to get rid of it, but it keeps hanging around. How can we get break through?
1:30 pmGardens of Heaven and EarthDr. Kirsten King
This title plays on the idea both of location and of content: gardens in heaven and on earth, but also gardens made of heaven (or what the Writings call “substance”) and gardens made of earth (or matter). The talk will focus on some connections between textual gardens in the revelatory language of correspondences, and earthly gardens in history and our own backyards.
2:30 pmThe Call of Charismatic Books: Swedenborg, Artists, Writers, and Spiritual SeekersDr. Jane Wlliams-Hogan
This talk discuss the Writings as “charismatic” books and one artist, and one writer, and one
seeker: The American Landscape painter, George Inness (1825 -1894), The Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), and the American humanitarian and spiritual
seeker, Helen Keller (1880-1968).
4:00 - 5:30 pmReceptionCole Foundation for Renewing the Culture
Keep the conversation going with wine and cheese, hosted by the Cole Foundation for Renewing the Culture


Publishers and Sponsors:

Bryn Athyn College Press

Swedenborg Foundation

Swedenborg Scientific Association

Cole Foundation for Renewing the Culture

General Church Publications

and more

Watch the talks and presentations online

Talks from the 2015 Book Expo are available on the New Church Associated Publishers channel (or search for NCAP Swedenborg). Videos from the 2016 Book Expo will be available shortly after the event.

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The journal of the
Swedenborg Scientific Association

Free with membership

The journal publishes articles addressing philosophical questions and topics that bear on the scientific, philosophical, and theological works of Swedenborg.

Includes book reviews, and a Notes & Comments department. Triennial index.

Editor: Reuben Bell