Swedenborgian

[sweed-n-bawr-jee-uh n, -gee-]
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adjective

of or relating to Emanuel Swedenborg, his religious doctrines, or the body of followers adhering to these doctrines and constituting the Church of the New Jerusalem, or New Church.

noun

a believer in the religious doctrines of Swedenborg.

Origin of Swedenborgian

First recorded in 1795–1805; Swedenborg + -ian
Related formsSwe·den·bor·gi·an·ism, Swe·den·borg·ism, noun
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Swedenborgianism

Swedenborgism (ˈswiːdənˌbɔːdʒɪzəm, -ɡɪz-)

noun

the system of philosophical and religious doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg, emphasizing the spiritual structure of the universe, the possibility of direct contact with spirits, and the divinity of Christ. This provided the basis for the New Jerusalem Church (or New Church) founded by Swedenborg's followers
Derived FormsSwedenborgian, noun, adjective
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Swedenborgian

1791, for Emanuel Svedberg, Swedish mystic and religious philosopher (1668-1772). His followers organized 1788 as The New Church.

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