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Wednesday
Jul242013

Editor's Box | Digest: Articles 153 through 162

November 9, 2012 through January 11, 2013. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!


November 9, 2012
“Another Look at the Crown of All Churches” by Thane Glenn.
Thane examines the phrase 'crown of all churches,' looking for its true meaning through an exploration of its context. He cites instances when Swedenborg uses the phrase himself, the appearance of crowns in scripture, and several interpretations of this abiding concept in essays published within the church, dating back to the late 1800s. Academic and thorough, he offers an unresolved perspective that satisfies in its complexity.

November 16, 2012
“Preparing a Place” by Alanna Rose.
Alanna shares her growing awareness of the overlap between the inner and outer world, which has been drawn into focus for her through the act of building a house. It seems that striving for permanence in the world of decay has brought her to embrace the possibilities for infinite growth and rejuvenation in a world known only to the heart.

November 23, 2012
“Meditate | Who's Watching? Finding Access to the Lord” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. We welcome your insights, too, in the form of comments or even your own article. Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.

November 30, 2012
“Swedenborg and Vatican II. Part 1” by Solomon Keal.
If you are familiar with Swedenborg's work, it's likely that you've come across at least one offensive thing he wrote about another church or people. The Catholic Church was no exception. Solomon consolidates what exactly Swedenborg condemned in the Catholic faith and practice of the 18th century. He then investigates what changed therein as a result of Vatican II. It's obvious that the church Swedenborg was pointing his finger at has taken on a new form. Part 2.

December 7, 2012
“Swedenborg and Vatican II. Part 2” by Solomon Keal
Here Solomon continues his discussion of what has changed within the Catholic Church since the 18th century, as it was formalized by Vatican II. He makes it clear that many of the components that Swedenborg found so offensive have been done away with. Others have not. As a reader of Swedenborg it is important to have a sense of the present, as otherwise one may be inclined to fight battles that have already ended peacefully. Solomon helps us find this understanding. Part I.

December 14, 2012
“Meditate | In and Out of Control” by Chelsea Rose Odhner.
Meditate is a monthly column in which insights gained from meditating on the Word are shared. We welcome your insights, too, in the form of comments or even your own article. Contact us if you'd like to write a submission for this column.

December 21, 2012
“"Quod ecclesia in specie sit ubi Verbum, et per id Dominus notus." A Church Specific or The Lord’s Church....Specifically?” by Fran Raymond.
Fran examines the use of the phrase 'the church specific' in New Church publications and weighs whether this concept is represented in Swedenborg's writings. In brief, it's not. What brought people to bolster this concept, given that a broader vision of the one Lord and his one universal church pervades Swedenborg's theological works? Fran's clear treatment of this issue imparts a loving clarity that may put this notion to rest for good.

December 28, 2012
“Glimpses of Heaven” by Heidi Hennigan.
As a doula, Heidi watches heaven breaking through the seams in this world. Using her own experience, her interviews with new parents, and Swedenborg's writings about early childhood, this essay draws out the tender reality that encompasses each new life at its very beginning.

January 4, 2013
“The Fabric of Consciousness or Jesus Christ?” by Ronald Schnarr.
When searching out paths to happiness, do people need to choose between Christianity and a more modern approach that locates the source of joy and consciousness within them? Ronnie doesn't think so. He finds the two knit seamlessly together in the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg and elaborates on those concepts below.

January 11, 2013
“Misery and the Search for Happiness” by Rachel Alden.
How can we address misery within ourselves in a way that elevates our perspective and frees us from wallowing in an emotional underworld? Rachel cautions us to be tender with ourselves. If we let our pain teach us, we will be bettered by it.