Institute for Swedenborg Studies

Bryn Athyn College Institute for Swedenborg Studies

Institute for Swedenborg Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Swedenborg Studies at Bryn Athyn College. Here you will be able to enroll in our free online curriculum, learn about our Master of Arts in Religious Studies program and other academic programs, find access to resources for Swedenborg studies, get information about events, and check out our membership.

Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology, with its vision for a new Christianity, has profoundly shaped the thought of countless individuals, from William Blake to Helen Keller. We invite you to explore the impact of Swedenborg’s thought and to share your own journey of discovery.

Upcoming Events

Thought from the Understanding: Swedenborg’s Library and the Shape of a Mind

Location: Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (optional remote attendance)

Date: October 26, 2024

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2024. Please make sure to register for both the Conference and the Reception, if you plan on attending.

Members Registration Non-Members Registration Reception Registration

This one-day interdisciplinary conference invites scholars to explore Emanuel Swedenborg’s personal library for points of connection between the works he held in his library and the ideas presented in his own philosophical and theological works. Long before he embarked on the spiritual journey which led to the revolutionary works of theology he published, Swedenborg was a voracious learner, and his many fields of interest are reflected in his wide-ranging library, which included works of philosophy, anatomy, history, physics, chemistry, metallurgy, engineering, and classical learning, as well as, of course, Biblical and religious thought. Conference papers will investigate connections between Swedenborg’s works and some of the most important texts and figures in his library. See schedule below.

Participants may attend the conference in person or remotely.

This one-day conference is free for members, $15 for non-members. For those attending the conference in person, we suggest an additional $10 contribution for participants wishing to attend the reception at the end of the conference.

To become a member, visit Institute for Swedenborg Studies | Bryn Athyn College. If you are uncertain about whether or not your membership is current, please send an inquiry to


Saturday, October 26, 2024
1:00pm Welcome
1:10pm The Most Esteemed Church Father: Swedenborg’s Reading of Augustine | Jim Lawrence
1:45pm For Sailors and Seers: Swedenborg’s References to the Work of Hugo Grotius | Andrew Dibb
2:20pm Break
2:40pm Swedenborg’s Bibles | Stephen Cole
3:15pm Judaism and the Covenant in Swedenborg and the Epistle of Barnabas | Michael Goos
3:50pm Response | Rebecca K. Esterson
4:10pm Wrap Up

For participants in person on Bryn Athyn’s campus:


Swedenborgiana Display | Swedenborg Library




The mission of the Institute for Swedenborg Studies is to engage a wide variety of audiences with the study of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborgian theology, and the impact of both; and to encourage such study in forms that can effectively be promoted and facilitated within and via Bryn Athyn College.


Who can join? Institute membership is open to anyone interested in the study of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborgian theology, and the impact of both.

Benefits of membership: The Institute’s membership program exists to facilitate a community of those interested in delving into Swedenborg and Swedenborgian scholarship. Member benefits include:

  • Access to the Institute member email communication forum
  • Periodic newsletter on activities of the Institute and its members
  • Invitation to seminars and other Institute events
  • Easy access to resources for Swedenborg studies

Our dream is to provide funding to support members’ Swedenborg scholarship… stay tuned!

After filling out the membership form, you will receive a receipt message which includes instructions for joining the Institute member communication forum.

Contact Us

Bryn Athyn College Professor Thane Glenn

Rev. Thane Glenn, Ph.D.
Institute for Swedenborg Studies at Bryn Athyn College