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The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and registered charity. In addition to organizing events, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances and film screenings; we also publish a large selection of literature relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The Society's Grade II listed premises in Bloomsbury, central London, is also available for private hire. For free updates on our events and publications please join our e-newsletter mailing list

Back in Stock!

New Jerusalem:The Good City and The Good Society By Ken Worpole

After selling out in the first edition paperback, Ken Worpole’s New Jerusalem: The Good City and The Good Society, is now available in hardback! The fourth book in the Swedenborg Archive Series, this new edition comes with two cover options; the original Letchworth Garden City map cover and specially for this edition, an off white plane cover, in keeping with the Swedenborg Archive Series.

Available in store and online here for the price of £6.95!

In New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society, Ken Worpole reveals that utopian and visionary thinking, especially in relation to new forms of settlement and livelihood, has not gone away, even if it has gone underground. With an unprecedented growth in the population of older people, along with increasing cultural and demographic change elsewhere in society, there is renewed interest in more convivial forms of urban design, as well as shared living. This interest draws on a long history of elective communities, including those influenced by the thought and works of Emanuel Swedenborg—a fascinating history with much to offer the architects and policy makers of today, and a history that is artfully and succinctly appraised in New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society.

A Descriptive Bibliography of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) Volume 1 By Norman Ryder

Following its long tradition of ground breaking reference works, the Swedenborg Society is proud to re-present volume one of Norman Ryder's multi-volume Bibliography.

Now back in stock available online and instore!

This monumental work is one of the most helpful and thoughtful research tools to be published by any Swedenborgian publisher at any time, and as a work of scholarship it is comparable to Pott’s six-volume Concordance and John Chadwick/Jonathan Rose’s masterful A Lexicon to the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. It contains snippets of delightful information on all of Swedenborg’s works, with biographical and textual asides, but more importantly, for the scholar, librarian, editor or researcher, it also offers a complete picture of Swedenborg’s output as a body of work. Once purchased this book will be an indispensable addition to any library, whether professional or private.

Anatomy of Heaven | Seminar Series

Run by Dr David Lister

The last lecture in the series of 4 will take place this Thursday 2nd of March! Please email publicity@swedenborg.org.uk to reserve a place. 

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 (Saturday 28th Jan) 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. 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'.

New Book

Distant Voices by John S Haller, Jr

Our next publication is the much-anticipated Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View by John S Haller, Jr, which will be published on 28 January 2017 and launched at our Swedenborg Birthday Meeting (see above).

Pre-order your copy now

In Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View, John Haller highlights Swedenborg’s discreet and dignified presence in the lives and works of some dozen charismatic thinkers whose own impact has been significant and far-reaching (even if they themselves have sometimes drifted out of the public consciousness). In a series of well-crafted chapters and a retrospective, Haller takes us from the mid-19th-century worlds of Henry James, Sr, R W Emerson and Charles Fourier through to the 1960s era of counterculture that D T Suzuki helped shape and saw out his life in.

Featuring chapters on Henry James, Sr and Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Fourier and Albert Brisbane; Thomas Lake Harris; J J G Wilkinson and James Tyler Kent; Charles Bonney and the World’s Parliament of Religions (1893); Paul Carus and Herman Vetterling; Ralph Waldo Trine; and D T Suzuki.

volunteers needed

Would you like to volunteer for the Swedenborg Society? We are currently looking for people who might like to help invigilate our bookshop during weekdays and also help out during our busy events programme. Previous experience is not needed. The Society’s beautiful oak-lined shop is in the middle of Bloomsbury, London. It is close to the British Museum and only five minutes walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please do not hesitate to contact us via admin@swedenborg.org.uk or 0207 405 7986.

Charity registration number: 209172