Monthly Archives: April 2010

Rev. Jonathan Rose in “Heaven”

In Monday’s New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer reviews a new book by Lisa Miller entitled Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. The review mentions a few specific views of heaven that Miller explores, including the Swedenborgian view of heaven: Over time, she explains, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Religion | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

New Blog Layout

As you can see, I’ve changed my blog “theme” or layout.  This is a brand new theme on WordPress, and I like it more than my old one.  The problem is that this is the new default theme, and even … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Changes Since Swedenborg: The Rise of Arminianism

Has Christianity substantially changed since the Writings were published in the 18th century?  Are Swedenborg’s condemnation of Christian doctrine still accurate?  It’s a question that I’ve wondered about at least since college, when I wrote my senior paper on the … Continue reading

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?

Jennica Nobre has a thought-provoking new essay over at New Church Perspective entitled “There is No Such Thing as ‘Just Friends’”.  In it she proposes that there are three kinds of male/female relationships: Friendly Acquaintances: in which a man and … Continue reading

Posted in Morality, Religion | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Sacramone Responds – More on Predestination

Earlier this week I posted a link to a blog post by Anthony Sacramone condemning the idea of double predestination (i.e. that some people are born for heaven, others for hell).  As you might expect, his post set off a … Continue reading

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

God Alone Acts

“God alone acts; man permits himself to be acted upon, and cooperates to all appearance as if of himself, although interiorly from God.” (True Christian Religion n. 588)

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swedenborgian Architects

Today as I was adding “Swedenborg” to my Google News page, I stumbled across a Culture24 article from a couple weeks ago about a new exhibition at the Brent Museum in Brent, London (England, not Ontario).  The exhibition focuses on the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Religion | Tagged , , | 2 Comments