1688–1772

Introduction

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Born: Jan­u­a­ry 29, 1688, Stock­holm, Swe­den.

Died: March 29, 1772, Lon­don, Eng­land, of a stroke.

Buried: He was re-in­terred in the Upp­sa­la Ca­thed­ral, Swe­den, in 1908.

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Biography

With an ec­lec­tic mind, Swe­den­borg wrote on math­e­ma­tics, ge­ol­o­gy, chem­is­try, phys­ics, min­er­al­o­gy, as­tron­o­my and an­a­to­my. He was one of the out­stand­ing sci­en­tists of his time, and a mem­ber of Swe­den’s House of No­bles.

He de­vot­ed the last quar­ter cen­tu­ry of his life to the­o­lo­gy. His works form the ba­sis of the Swe­den­borg­i­an Church (al­so known as the Church of the New Je­ru­sa­lem). Though he ne­ver planned a church de­nom­in­a­tion, a so­ci­e­ty was formed in Lon­don in 1787, which even­tu­al­ly gave rise to the Gen­er­al Con­ven­tion of Swe­den­borg­i­an Church­es.

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