Swedenborg in Derby
Strolling around Littleover in Derby the other day, I chanced across one of the few remaining Swedenborg churches. A welcome surprise.
Emmanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish eighteenth century Christian mystic - do stay awake at the back! - who had quite a following in England in the nineteenth century. The Swedenborg Society still has a bookshop and splendid hall in Bloomsbury. But this radical strand within Christianity, which once attracted the attention of William Blake, has now almost faded away. Nice that the church, and the tradition, survives in Derby - which has such a strong, radical and non-conformist tradition.
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