New Thought Topic
Abrahamic New Thought
Abrahamic New Thought includes Christian New Thought, Jewish Science and other New Thought forms which turn to Abrahamic texts as their primary references.
19th Century New Thought mainly referenced Abrahamic and Vedic Thought. In 19th Century New Thought works, we see references to the Bible and to the Bhagavad Gita. Of course, Annie Rix Militz and certain other New Thought Spiritual leaders also referenced works such as the Tao.
Today certain New Thought "Transdenominations" place Abrahamic texts in the heart of their teachings and some refer to them as the foundation of their spiritual path. Jewish Science was formulated by Rabbi Alfred Geiger Moses of Moblie, Alabama, who produced a book titled: Jewish Science: Divine Healing In Judaism There is at least one group extant which still teaches the Jewish Science New Thought path.
Christian New Thought
Christian New Thought forms the basis for two New Thought Transdenominations
First and foremost is the Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL). "UFBL Believes in the Bible. We do not say that it is the inerrant word of God, but that in its pages one may find universal truths to unearth, study, and apply. The Bible is a witness to dependence on God as our only deliverer and a proponent of the Spirit-led life. Jesus the Christ is our Way-shower."
Another New Thought "Transdenominations" firmly within the Abrahamic School of Thought is Unity which declares: "The Bible is Unity's basic textbook." Unity declares that the bible is a "a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences." Most Americans often assume that Unity is the largest New Thought Denomination, but in fact the largest New Thought Denomination is Seicho No Ie which not centered in Abrahamic Thought.
The Divine Science "Transdenominations" is not firmly entrenched within the Abrahamic School of Thought, defining "the Bible as the book of Life, the story of man's search for God."
Divine Scientists study the bible as ameans to "to trace the development of man's concept of God as it is revealed through the medium of human experience." Thus for Divine Scientists the bible provides a means to understand the
unfolding consciousness from its lowest level to Christ consciousness. This definition could open the door for Divine Science to blossom sometimes in the future. At this point Divine Science has gone from being the largest New Thought Organization to having only 13 or 14 Centers.
Some members, of the Affiliated New Thought Network (ANTN) are centered within Abrahmic Thought. Those
Members of ANTN that embrace the Abrahamic School of Thought to the point of calling themselves Christian New Thought are generally referred to as Alpertists. This is because they turn to a man named Alpert to define their spiritual path as "The Christ" or Divine Principle: The Perfect-God Conscious human. The true Spiritual HIGHER SELF of every individual. Albert went on to define his beliefs that "Jesus the Christ was the Way Shower, the Teacher, the Awakened One, The GREAT EXAMPLE, not the exception. Jesus knew His Divinity. God in Him did all the healings and teachings. He was fully God Conscious; He was THE CHRIST (GOD) in form."
Yet it should be noted that Alpert's statements about Christ are all in the past tense. Thus it could be that he is conveying a concept that Christ is a past example and not a present one. As indicated above, not all members of the Affiliated New Thought Network are Abrahamic.
Since New Thought is an inclusive Spiritual Path, Abrahamic Thought has an influence on most, if not all New Thought Forms. Thus far we have not found any New Thought groups that refer to Mormon or Mohammedan texts as their foundational texts.
All of New Thought operates on the partnership paradigm which has been wonderfully illuminated by Riane Eisler. The existence of Abrahamic New Thought supports the truth that Universal Spiritual Principles are an essential component of the religious thought forms which are encompassed within Abrahamic Thought.
The journalists submitting this information do not feel that Alpertism generally defines the beliefs of all members of the New Thought denomination caling itself the "Affiliated New Thought Network."
There are many wonderful New Thought organizations with diverse root texts and a variety of approaches to those texts and distinct methods of teaching.
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While we are aware that the majority of people who choose the New Thought Path do not find a New Thought Community that suits their sensibilities, we encourage you to visit the different centers.
The basic premise of New Thought is that which is Divine is Good and Omnipresent. New Thought is based on Universal Spiritual Principles as demonstrated and taught by historical figures such as Buddha, Danika, Lao Tzu, and Jesus the Christ. It is understood there are many "Wayshowers." The strength of the teaching of a particular Wayshower is demonstrated through the consciousness and actions of the followers of that path. The adherents of each spiritual path are collectively responsible to the rest of humanity and all life to insure that the expression of their path is not abusive or violent nor violates the rights of other beings.
As mentioned above, New Thought is inclusive and draws on the wisdom of all traditions that teach the truth of our Unity with God/Good and the omnipresence of God/Good.
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