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Swedenborgians and the Abolition of Slavery

Many leading abolitionists found moral vindication in the writings of Swedish mystic and seer Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772).

Author of The Five Ages: Swedenborg’s View of Spiritual History and editor of the magazine Things Heard and Seen
Will talk on:

Swedenborgians and the Abolition of Slavery

The role of early Swedenborgians in the abolition of the slave trade has often been overlooked by historians. Pat Johnson will aim to redress this balance with a fascinating account of how in the late eighteenth century, inspired by Swedenborg’s writings on Africans and his condemnation of dominion, early Swedenborgians paved the way for William Wilberforce and sought to set up new communities in Africa for emancipated slaves.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served from 6.00 p.m.

The Swedenborg Society bookshop will also be open on the night from 6.00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Date and Time:

2 July 2009 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The Swedenborg Society
Swedenborg House
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
020 7405 7986

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