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New Thought, Deism, Universalism, Unitarian and Spiritualism

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Post by Admin Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:57 am

Two very interesting blogs

In essence they reinforce whySpiritualism was never seen as a traditional Christian denomenation given so many of our founders came from this or Quakerism.
I had never realised that the New Thought Movement had any Churches or a set of Principles untilt I read them here.

Interestingly I also had assumed Ralph Waldo Emerson was an eminent leader of the New Thought movement not a Unitarian there you go you learn something new all the time. What does become clear is why there was such strong cross linkages. I know several Spiritualists in the USA who, if they are to far from a Centre go to the local Unitarian/Universalist Church I now find others go to New Thought Centres.

It is also worth reading a previous blog, of particular interest to me given I am Writing a piece on the subject.

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Post by normy Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:40 am

Very interesting. I have never heard of New Thought, but have read all Findlay's books. This connection or non-connection between Spiritualism and Christianity often comes up in different ways. The CFPSS group I once belonged to was organised by some Quakers and we met in the Quaker Hall. The only restriction to joining was an acceptance that 'Jesus Christ is Lord'. I took that to mean that Jesus was as far as I knew the greatest medium and healer and exemplar who had lived. ( Having read the Psychic Life of Jesus by the Rev. Maurice Elliott). While the Quakers were very sympathetic to Spiritualism, some other members were a bit hostile, retained belief in some Christian doctrines, and seemed afraid of what they thought Spiritualism was. There were some Christian Spiritualists as well.
Our local Spiritualist Church/Centre directly faces an Evangelical Church over the road, which I' m told has full congregations of over 100, while the Spiritualist Church has between 30 and 40 as a rule. The Evangelicals discourage watching television, and have a thriving programme of 'educating' their young with Bible study and other activities.

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