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Swedenborgianism

A group organized in London in 1787 by followers of the theological teachings of [[Emanuel Swedenborg]].* The organization and growth of the church is peculiar because the movement was started by books without the influence of any personal leadership. Swedenborg never preached a sermon and made no effort to gather followers about him, but he left his Latin works in twenty volumes to ministers and university librarians. These were translated and won disciples who were organized by Robert Hindmarsh, a Methodist. Ministers were ordained, other groups were started, and by 1789 the first general conference was held at their chapel in Great Eastcheap, London. By 1792 a Swedenborgian church was established in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1817 the General Convention of the [[New Jerusalem]] met in Philadelphia. A division of the church (1897) resulted in a branch, the General Church of the New Jerusalem, with headquarters at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. The emphasis in their worship is liturgical,