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New Thought has affected this culture much more than most people realize. A New Thought site sums up this impact: "Ideas such as the power of positive thinking, faith healing, self-healing, spiritual-based recovery programs, the spirit/mind/body connection, affirmative prayer, visualization, higher consciousness, Christ consciousness, and success through a positive mental attitude all find their genesis in the basic tenets of New Thought. Names such as Robert Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale come to mind . . . Familiar authors and television personalities are Gary Zukav, Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsh, Phil McGraw, Mark Victor Hansen and Oprah. Seldom flamboyant nor evangelical, New Thought is a 'quiet' movement rarely recognized by the many who know and believe in these ideals."[ 24 ]
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Notes [1] Rachel Deahl, "Atria's 'Secret' Is Way Out of the Bag," Publishers Weekly Daily, 3/1/07; [2] "Making the Secret? A Brief History," [3] Ibid. "In two short months she had studied the great leaders from the past, read hundreds of books, and amassed countless hours of research." [4] [5] "Larry King Live," aired 3.8.07; [6] The Secret spells this word with a capital "U." [7] On the DVD, Beckwith is termed a "visionary." He is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center. [8] Byrne, 131, 168, 173. [9] Byrne, 27-28. [10] "Nightline" aired March 23, 2007. "Nightline" did not mention the New Thought Movement origins of The Secret. [11] Byrne, 74-78, 84, 86, 89-92, 134-35. Gratitude is presented as a technique to aid one in bringing desires into reality. [12] Ibid., 85. [13] Space does not permit a discussion of this, but an Internet search reveals that respected physicists reject this notion. For example, see refutations of the movie "What the Bleep Do They Know?" (which promoted false New Age notions of quantum physics) at ; also, see Jerry Adler in Newsweek, "Decoding the Secret" at [14] Rhonda Byrne, The Secret (NY: Atria Books; Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, 2006), 40. [15] "Avatar" is a term originally to describe incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. The term migrated into the New Age, usually to refer to a spiritually evolved being who is able to incarnate or appear at will to guide those ready for "higher" teachings. Byrne never defines the term in her book. [16] Information from "A Brief Timeline of the New Age Movement," from Watchman Fellowship at . Interestingly, there is a very long entry on Swedenborg in Lewis Spence, An Encyclopedia of Occultism (NY: Citadel Press/Carol Publishing Group, 1988), 392. [17] For more on New Thought and Quimby from a New Thought viewpoint, see "New Thought: What It Is and How It Can Help You," . Note how Quimby's term "Christ Science" was used by Mary Baker Eddy when she founded the Church of Christ Scientist (usually referred to as Christian Science). Christian Science is not connected to the Church of Scientology.
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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