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Wednesday
Aug242011

Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 73 through 82

April 22 through June 16. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!


April 22, 2011
“The Uneasy Alliance of Faith and Doubt” by Brian Smith.
As author of the fourth essay in our series on doubt Brian writes from both a personal perspective, as someone familiar with the strain of doubt, and from his professional vantage point, as minister to a church congregation. He casts doubt as the unfortunate, but necessary catalyst of our vivification by God. Without doubt our beliefs may become hard; doubt tenderizes the meat of our faith. While acknowledging its purpose, Brian refuses to elevate doubt for its own sake. Find the opening essay in the series [here].

April 29, 2011
“Doubt” by Joel Glenn.
Joel describes the process he uses when flooded with doubt. He draws a distinction between the experience of doubt and the choice to see beyond it by taking loving actions in spite of his emotions and thoughts. This essay was first published in Beacon, the Bryn Athyn College newspaper. Joel's contribution wraps up our themed series on doubt. You can find the lead essay in the series here.

May 6, 2011
“Mythbusting: Talking With Spirits. Part 2” by Todd Beiswenger.
We return to part two of this three part series in which Todd questions how members of a church based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg could harbor as much fear about contact with spirits as the New Church seems to. He examines communicating with the other world from a fresh perspective. Find the opening essay here.

May 13, 2011
“Mythbusting: Talking With Spirits. Part 3” by Todd Beiswenger.
In the final entry in his three part series Todd questions how members of a church based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg could harbor as much fear about contact with spirits as the New Church seems to. He examines communicating with the other world from a fresh perspective. Follow these links to find part 1 and part 2.

May 20, 2011
“Swedenborg: A Man For Our Times” by Karl Birjukov.
Karl posits that Kant's concept of inertia, at the heart of scientific thought, is a mistaken premise, one that is preventing truly new ideas from entering the stage. He argues that the time for Swedenborg's philosophy has come.

May 26, 2011
“Mixed Media | Images of the New Jerusalem” by Kent Cooper.
Leading up to the celebration of New Church Day we will post two mixed media features offering perspectives on the Holy City described by John in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21). This descending city symbolizes the gradual coming of the New Church on earth (AR 879). New Church Day is celebrated on June 19th in keeping with Swedenborg's account that on this day, in 1770, the Lord sent His disciple throughout the spiritual world "to preach the Gospel, that the Lord God Jesus Christ is king, and His kingdom shall be for ever and ever" (TCR 791).

May 27, 2011
“Heart and Lungs” by Brian David.
Brian explores what the essential actions of the church ought to be in light of what the heart and lungs correspond to in Swedenborg's writings. This essay is the first of two on this topic. The second part is found here.

June 3, 2011
“Heart and Lungs Part 2” by Brian David.
This is the second part of Brian's essay on what the church would do if it were aligned entirely with the correspondence of the heart and lungs. The first section can be found here.

June 10, 2011
“Do You Think the World Will End in Your Lifetime? Part 1” by Judah Synnestvedt.
As we approach the New Church Day celebrations on June 19th, we are publishing this two part essay in which Judah asks what the New Church can offer to the discussion of 'end times.' This subject was most recently invigorated by Harold Camping's May 21st prediction of judgement day.

June 16, 2011
“Mixed Media | Tovah King's Picture” by Tovah King.
This lovely contribution from Tovah King, like Kent's last month, is on the theme of New Church Day, celebrated on the 19th of June. The General Church assembly, held in Bryn Athyn, PA, falls soon after New Church Day and will include another piece by Tovah which was part of her senior project at Bryn Athyn College.

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