Arcana Caelestia Reading Group

Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail). Wikimedia Commons.

Last Thursday of every month | 6.00-8.00 pm | Gardiner Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE

Next Meetings: 31 August 2017; 28 September 2017; 26 October 2017

Following on from our seminar series staged over the last year on 'Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal' (with Dr William Rowlandson) and on 'The Anatomy of Heaven' (with Dr David Lister), we will be holding a monthly reading group centring on Swedenborg's magnum opus Arcana Caelestia.

The Arcana can be seen as a foundation for all of Swedenborg's later visionary works, including Heaven and Hell and Divine Love and Wisdom. It contains Swedenborg's clause-by-clause elucidation of the spiritual meaning in the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus, as well as descriptions of an incredible variety of his own spiritual experiences. It exists in English as a 12-volume set (translated by John Elliott) and is available to order online or at the Swedenborg House Bookshop.

Volume one will be available for free for those who register in advance.

Register here.

Anatomy of Heaven | Seminar Series

Run by Dr David Lister

6th, 16th, 23rd Feb and 2nd March | 6:00-8:00 PM | Swedenborg House, David Wynter Room, 21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

Following the success of Dr David Lister’s talk at the Swedenborg Birthday meeting(on Saturday 28th) we have organised a series of 4 evening seminars to explore some of the many interesting themes raised therein. 

The informal meetings are to be held on consecutive Thursdays between 6pm to 8pm, at Swedenborg House beginning Thursday 9th Feb. They will be led by Dr David Lister.

To book a place for the seminars on the 16th, 23th Feb or 3rd March please email !

The seminars and free and free coffee/tea and snack will be provided. All are welcome!

Dr David Lister is the author of The Feeling of What Happens / Smile or Die (no. 8 in the Transactions of the Swedenborg Society series) and Biblical Darwinism.Dr Lister is a qualified surgeon and has practised as a GP. He is also currently the Society’s Chairperson and has been a member for 23 years. 

Click here to read Dr David Lister's article 'The Neurological Basis of Influx'.