Every other week, for the next six, we will publish an article by Todd Beiswenger. Weird I; Weird II and then Weird III. In Weird I Todd introduces the concept of this series, which is to explore the weird sounding ideas of the New Church with an effort to explain or contextualize them. -Editor
Over the last 200 years or so, people accused Swedenborg of insanity, and many have thought the same about followers of the Writings. While we probably are not insane, I do think we have a track record of being a little weird. That’s what a comprehensive theology can do to you. However, I will go on record as to thinking that perhaps we are not as weird as we should be. More weird? As if believing the second coming has already happened isn’t weird enough, let us consider some of the weird ideas the Writings allow us to embrace.