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New Thought, Ancient Wisdom

The History and Future of the New Thought Movement

Glenn Mosley

Foreword by Sir John Templeton

For more than 250 years, the New Thought movement has impacted the thinking of millions of people throughout the world through its searching for spiritual truth in world religions and modern science. The New Thought movement seeks to help position the soul for ways of coping with daily living. Guiding principles include the centrality of mind, a focus on the immanence of the Divine within, the practice of metaphysical healing, and the clear distinction between Jesus, the man of history, and Jesus, the Christ.

In this book, Glenn R. Mosley chronicles the history of the movement, including biographical sketches and the philosophies of pioneers and influential leaders linked to the movement's development and growth. These include Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the founders of Unity; Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind; Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ Science; Ralph Waldo Trine, philosopher, mystic, teacher, and early mentor of New Thought; Joel Goldsmith, founder of The Infinite Way, among others.

Mosley reviews the various strands of the New Thought movement, including Unity, one of the fastest growing movements of our time, and its unique approach to the interpretation of biblical literature, both through silent and oral reading.

He explains the procedures and functions of areas of New Thought and answers questions that students ask about the Bible's relevance. He examines the changing faces of reality, models of relating science and religion, and ways in which New Thought is helping the world's religions grow. He concludes with a review of the World Parliament of Religions Conference held in Barcelona, Spain, July 2004.

Appendices include early New Thought participants and leaders, and a chart of the evolution of the New Thought movement, the preface to the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, selections from the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, and Charles Fillmore in his own words.

Foreword by Sir John Templeton

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Fillmores and the Origins of the Unity Movement

2. The Unity Student and the Pursuit of Health: Spirit, Mind, Body

3. The Development of the New Thought Movement

4. The Joint Search for Spiritual Truth by Modern Science and World Religion

5. Helping the World’s Great Religions Grow

6. The World Parliament of Religions: Barcelona, Spain, July 2004

Appendix A: Preface of the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

Appendix B: Selections from the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

Appendix C: Charles Fillmore in His Own Words

Appendix D: Early New Thought Movement Participants

Appendix E: Chart of the Evolution of the New Thought Movement

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

"Glenn has woven the fabric of New Thought, Ancient Wisdom through an intrinsic history of New Thought from the founders to this New Age. Glenn's research gives us spiritual truths that define responsible answers to any soul dilemma." 

Dr. Barbara King, founder, Hillside Chapel and Truth Center

"In this informative and well-written book, Mosley has captured the heart and soul of the New Thought message.... The book reveals the value of our New Thought heritage as well as quickening within the reader a vision of the unlimited future of New Thought." 

Dr. Blaine C. Mays, president, International New Thought Alliance

"New Thought students who value the Bible as a guide book to higher consciousness will be thrilled to have this new exploration as food for thought."

Rev. Mary A.Tumpkin, President, Universal Foundation for Better Living

"Any spiritual seeker will benefit greatly from this new work by Dr. Glenn Mosley. He has woven the history of New Thought/Ancient Wisdom into a tapestry of informational beauty and brings forth a clear understanding of its evolution, weaving Bible interpretation into medical science and leading us into the 21st century. Dr. Mosley shows how his dedication to the healing arts and his assistance to the scientific and medical world is proving the importance of thought upon our physical conditions and transforming lives."

Rev. Audrey Sikking Turner, Creative Center for Spiritual Living

"Am ambitious project, rather like attempting to lasso the whole of the human mind as expressed in the New Thought Movement, while tying the past together with the future. The result is a scholarly summation of the continuity and global impact of the New Thought religious movement. Wow!"

Rev. Roma Carlisle, First Divine Science Church of St. Louis

"A religious movement needs to know where it came from to discern where it is destined to go. Mosley provides a spectrum of New Thought over the past 250 years and its linkage to the Ancient Wisdom throughout the history of humankind. He clarifies two very important and often overlooked aspects of the Fillmores' work: (1) metaphysical Bible interpretation and (2) the power of the spoken word. Mosley's work suggests how to use our history and basic teachings to make a difference through all the world's great religions." 

Larry R. Wynn, DMin, Dean, Ministerial Education Program, Unity Institute

"What a tremendous accomplishment—providing a review of the history of the New Thought Movement over a 250 year span, recognizing the importance of the metaphysical interpretation of the Bible, acknowledging the depth and power of the spoken word, and taking a look at the tremendous possibilities and opportunities, present and future, for the New Thought Movement! Surely the readership of New Thought, Ancient Wisdom will include every serious student of truth, the expansive number of people who desire the acceptance, love, and healing which must come from themselves, members and ministries of the widespread, international New Thought Movement, and researchers intent on building a working spiritual reference library."

Rev. Rebekah A. Dunlap, Minister, Author

"Through this volume, Mosley reveals intricacies of paths from New Thought; Ancient Wisdom, which modern people have repeated to their benefit and others may continue to replicate and, thereby, find new strength, peace of mind and a rekindled spirituality. As the title suggests, its path leads to a Global Positioning for the Soul through New Thought and Ancient Wisdom."

Sir John Marks Templeton, Founder and Chair, the John Templeton Foundation

"The Rev. Dr. Glenn Mosley has succeeded in writing the essential book that has been missing from the New Thought/Spiritual genre. It is a powerful synthesis and rich expression of his brilliance and years of leadership experience at the forefront of one of the world's most important New Thought movements. A must read, destined to be a required text book for years to come!"

Rev. Kathy McCall, MA, Unity Minister, author of The Unorthodox Life: Walking the Direct Path to the Divine

"Throughout history, religions have missed the mark. Instead of creating space and looking for ways to join together for the uplifting of humankind and the planet, religions have been about creating division and separation. At the end of the 19th century, a number of wise people began to see that religion could be different. They began to look for similarities rather than differences. They began to believe that God was big enough for diverse points of view and diverse cultures. Two such visionaries were Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. They founded the Unity Movement. A hundred years later, Unity and many other religions have flourished that promote the oneness of all life. A great leader in the Unity Movement is Dr. Glenn Mosley. He has been a leader in Unity for a half century, but he has gone way beyond denominational lines. He is a leader in the world community. He sees a vision of how wonderful life will be when we all put aside pettiness and see the Godliness in all people and in all creation. I think all open-minded, spiritual seekers will derive great benefit from Dr. Mosley's new book."

Rev. John Strickland, former director of Silent Unity, former chair of the board of the Association of Unity Churches, International, and recipient of "The Light of God Expressing Award"

Spirit-Works.com

I read this book with much anticipation.

The book is divided up into several easily readable sections. The history of the Movement, the development & ongoing growth of the Movement, and a sampling of the Metaphysical Dictionary. There is an extensive bibliography and index, for further reference. I plan on reading much more on this subject, since Glenn Mosley has whetted my appetite for more.

I am highly recommending this book to our readers, as it educates on a ‘soul’ level. I have every belief that you will enjoy it as much as I have!