NORMAN_VINCENT_PEALE_AND_THE_POWER_OF_POSITIVE_THINKING.doc

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proposed that mind is the only reality, and that Christ healed by a spiritual influence, which she had discovered in the Scriptures. Right thinking was necessary for healing, since illness resulted from an erroneous view that the material world is real. Christian Science views the Bible as allegorical and only
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meaningful as interpreted by Eddy, whereas Eddy's work, Science and Health , is accepted as divine and infallible. God is a divine principle and is Divine Mind, and all that exists is Divine Mind; nor are God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit personal beings. Jesus and Christ are separate; Jesus was a mere man, but the Christ is a principle identified with God. 23 Death is illusory, because man is neither mortal nor material. Since man is good and equated with God, there is no sin, and heaven and hell are states of thinking. Unity The Unity School of Christianity, founded in 1889 by Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) and his wife, Myrtle, remains one of the largest offshoots of New Thought. In spite of the influence of Eastern beliefs on Fillmore, and his acceptance of reincarnation, Unity perhaps maintains a stronger focus on Jesus Christ than other New Thought churches. Actively promoting itself as practical Christianity, Unity freely uses biblical terms and language, thus perhaps proving to be a more subtle deception than other New Thought organizations, especially since it is not restrained by the more narrow teachings of a strong founder (such as Mary Baker Eddy in Christian Science). Unity publishes the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary , a guide to esoterically interpreting Bible names, places, and events, and maintains an open prayer line at its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Unity teaches that: God is a principle of love and goodness One must reject the false ideas based on what is perceived as reality Correct thinking will bring health, harmony, and prosperity Man's personality disguises his true divine nature, but once man realizes this nature, he becomes Christ or "God-man," thus attaining the higher state of Christ consciousness Jesus realized his oneness with Being (a term for God) as an example for mankind; and the Bible must not be read literally. One Unity brochure offers meditative statements such as, "O Christ, Thou Son of God, my own eternal Self," and Unity recommends repeating an affirmation that one is Christ in order to realize the truth of this belief. Church of Religious Science The third major New Thought church is the Church of Religious Science, founded by Ernest Holmes (1887- 1960). Holmes, influenced by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, Swedenborg, spiritism, Theosophy, hypnotism, and Hinduism , held to and developed many New Thought beliefs, which he called Science of Mind. Holmes taught that Jesus was a man who used Science of Mind principles; there is a distinction between the historical Jesus and the Christ (the latter is a state that can be realized by all); man is divine; sin is error or ignorance; death is an illusion; and heaven and hell are states of mind. Holmes also taught that all religions are essentially one and teach one truth.
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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