Responding to the New York New Church visitor

Will asks in the last entry:

So is our having “aetherial theology” good or bad? (Or an accusation of ties to the Aetherius Society?)

It is neither good nor bad, but Swedenborgian theology is rather angel-intensive. (Y’all should see the windows in the Washington church.)

And E.S. was rather keen on the topography of the hereafter. To coin a phrase, what Universalists do with spiritual passports, Swedenborgians do with travel guides.

And let me tell you, with my academic background in American religious movements — which led me to Universalism, incidentally — if I had intended a reference to the Aetherius Society, there would have been meatball-serving aliens or astronauts. (They’ve long been one of my “Gee, I feel normal” favorites.)

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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