True Christianity Vol. 1: New Century Edition
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Translated by Jonathan S. Rose
True Christianity is a systematic description of Swedenborg’s view on the church in this world and the next. Volume one covers topics such as the nature of God, Jesus, the Ten Commandments, faith, and good works. Read more
Deluxe hardcover, paperback and e-book, 784 pages
Portable paperback and e-book, 571 pages
The New Century Edition is printed in two different editions:
Contains all of the introductions, notes, and supplemental materials. True Christianity is available as a deluxe hardcover and paperback.
Smaller paperbacks that include the complete text of the translations, but none of the introductions, notes, or other supplemental materials.
In the fourteen chapters of his two-volume True Christianity, Swedenborg presents his theological views against the backdrop of, and in contrast to, key concepts in Protestant Christianity, such as the nature of God and of the Trinity; how and why Jesus redeemed the human race; the nature of the Bible; the multilayered meanings of the Ten Commandments; how faith and good works contribute to salvation; the true nature and purpose of baptism and Holy Supper (Communion); and the Last Judgment, the Second Coming, and the descent of the New Jerusalem. It includes Swedenborg’s most extended and practice-oriented discussion of how to undertake effective repentance from sin. The tone of the work is often blunt and confrontational and, when it resorts to reducing opposing arguments to absurdity, devastatingly biting and witty. It is recommended for those with a particular interest in exploring Swedenborg’s theological views and seeing the biblical support he offers for them. It also includes extensive accounts of Swedenborg’s spiritual experiences.
Volume 1 provides unique answers to humankind’s perennial questions about the nature of God and about Jesus—not only what his purpose was and how he fulfilled it, but why his life and death are still relevant to us now.
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