Course Description: No prior experience with New Church beliefs or practices is necessary. New Church
doctrines will be presented at an introductory level.
As the course title suggests, this course provides an introduction to the beliefs
of the New Christian Church, based on the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg
(b. 1688 in Sweden, d. 1772 in England), through the study of works of art and architecture
that were, themselves, designed or executed with “New Church” principles in mind.
The course is object-oriented: each class will focus on a work of art or group of
works and investigate beliefs or practices of the New Church that are manifest in
its/their subject or symbolism, form, or use. Specific examples may include Jean-Jacques
Gailliard’s Triptych of the Three-Fold Word, John Flaxman’s Deliver Us from Evil, Denis Duckworth’s The Pulpit: The Tedium of Perpetual Worship, the stained glass of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and the chapels of Cairnwood, Glencairn,
and Cairncrest, among others. Works of art from other religious denominations will
also be studied to provide context and comparison.
Instructor: Jonathan Kline
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 pm EDT