TRUE CHRISTIAN RELIGION:
AS REVEALED IN THE WRITINGS OF
If any Man will do his Will, he shall know of the Doctrine, whether it be of God. John vii. 17.
BY ROBERT HINDMARSH,
Author of "Remarks on the Holy League, lately entered into by the Sovereigns of Austria, Prussia, and Russia," "A Seal
upon the Lips of all those, who refuse to acknowledge the exclusive Divinity of Jesus Christ," &c. &c.
TO WHICH ARE ANNEXED,
A FEW EXTRACTS
FROM E. SWEDENBORG'S TREATISE
UNIVERSAL THEOLOGY OF THE NEW CHURCH
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM SCHLATTER
LYDIA R. BAILEY, PRINTER.
THE doctrines of the New and True Christian Religion having been published in a great variety of voluminous writings, and many persons having expressed a desire to see them in an abridged form, not only for their own use, but for the benefit of others, who may be disposed to peruse a small Manual, when a larger work would fail to engage their attention; the Author of the following Compendium has endeavoured to meet this wish of the Public, by bringing into as compact a form and order, as the nature and number of the subjects treated of would permit, the principal doctrines of the New Jerusalem. And as the sentiments contained in it do not originate with him, but are those of Divine Revelation itself, laid down in a clear and intelligible manner, he feels himself at liberty to recommend it as a work proper to be put into the hands of strangers, or of such as are desirous of obtaining a general knowledge of the doctrines professed by the members of the New Church.
He is aware, that it may possibly be the opinion of some, that the end or purpose intended is already answered by a publication of the late Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg, entitled, A Treatise concerning the New Jerusalem, and it's Heavenly Doctrine, particularly the cheap edition without the Extracts from Arcana Cœlestia. But when it is considered, that the
present Compendium embraces not only the substance of that most useful little volume, with it's many references to the larger work, but the substance also of the Treatises concerning the Lord, the Sacred Scripture, the Doctrine of Life, and the Doctrine concerning Faith; that it exhibits likewise a concentrated view of the chief doctrines so amply and so ably explained in the great work, entitled, True Christian Religion; and that many leading features of the works on Divine Love and Divine Wisdom, the Divine Providence, Heaven and Hell, the Intercourse between Soul and Body, the Apocalypse Revealed, and Apocalypse Explained, the Last Judgment, the Earths in the Universe, and even the Arcana Cœlestia itself, with
other productions of the same distinguished pen as that already referred to, are to be traced in the following pages; we hope, that our humble efforts to convey to the reader, from the stores above mentioned, much useful information in a very small compass, will not prove to be labour entirely lost, but will be accepted by him as a testimony of our desire to contribute to the real welfare of society, by diffusing among them, according to our ability, the knowledge of the One True God Jesus Christ, and the most important doctrines of the New and True Christian Religion.
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