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Religious Science

What We Believe ~

What We Believe

We believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty;
one indestructible, absolute, and self-existent Cause.
This One manifests Itself in and through all creation but is not absorbed by Its creation.
The manifest universe is the body of God;
it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
We believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in everyone
and that all people are incarnations of the One Spirit.
We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul,
forever and ever expanding.
We believe that heaven is within us
and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.
We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation
from all discord of every nature,
and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
We believe in the unity of all life,
and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God.
We believe that God is personal to all who feel this in dwelling Presence.
We believe in the direct revelation of Truth
through the intuitive and spiritual nature of the individual,
and that any person may become a revealer of Truth
who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
We believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God,
operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God;
and that we are surrounded by the Creative Mind
which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.
We believe in the healing of the sick through the Power of this Mind.
We believe in the control of conditions through the Power of this Mind.
We believe in the eternal Goodness,
the eternal Loving-kindness,
and the eternal Givingness of Life to all.
We believe in our own soul, our own spirit, and our own destiny;
for we understand that the life of all is God.
by Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science

An Intro to Religious Science

It can be taught, it can be learned, and it can be conscientiously applied with a certainty of definite and repeatable results.
ERNEST HOLMES --Founder of Religious Science

It is very important to distinguish Science of Mind from Religious Science. The original Science of Mind was written by John Bascom and published in 1881. Bascom wrote a number of wonderful books including Science, Philosophy and Religion as well as The Principles of Natural Theology. Dr. John Bascom was a distinguished Philosopher whose work gained international respect and world wide influence.

Many of John Bascom's concepts have been fully absorbed into the New Thought movement, yet his legacy is inconvenient for many within the New Thought movement. This is most likely due to the propensity to substitute mythology for history.

In 1927 another writer, named Ernest Holmes called one of his books Science of Mind and stated that "Science of Mind is not a creed as it contains neither dogma nor decree. Science of Mind encompasses no system of sin and punishment, no rule of conduct, no profession of faith." In Holmes' Science of Mind the teaching is "a simple opportunity, one that offers no contradiction to either reason or common sense. Any person, by deliberately applying the basic principle of cause and effect, can determine the conditions of his or her life."

In contrast to Bascom who promoted Principles of Ethics and Natural Theology, Holmes' Science of Mind contains no ethics and as cited above contains no rule of conduct or "profession of faith". Religious Science is not a cult by the virtue of the fact that people are free to come and go as they please and there is no known excommunication or shunning of individuals. In the view of Religious Scientists, Universal Mind represents an objective principle rather than a guru or a deity, it cannot dispense favoritism or judgment. Holmes' followers read his book Science of Mind assiduoulsy and tout its merits. They claim, rightfully so that its benefits are accessible to all on equal terms, without ritual, investment, or formal affiliation. However there are charges for classes, affiliations for communities and individuals as well as rituals such as "installation" and "ordination" of ministers. Yet as in all New Thought interested seekers have nothing to confess, promise, renounce, or hand over.

The Sources of Religious Science

Lik all teachings of New Thought, including Divine Science, the sources of Religious Science are found within the heart of many religions and supplemented by contemporary psychology and other branches of science. All faiths include the workings of the Unseen - variously called Universal Mind, Spirit, First Cause, Being, or God. The 19th-century New Thought movement, shaped by Ralph Waldo Emerson. John Bascom, Phineas Quimby and others, considered this force an indwelling presence, instrumental in physical and spiritual healing. Such ideas prompted various people to explore them. One of these was Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) who despite being a high school dropout was successful at refining his philosophy which he called Religious Science, Holmes gave lectures, held study groups, and eventually helped establish the Institute of Religious Science in 1927.

 

Religious Science is an open-ended truth.

Ernest Holmes did not claim that he had found the ultimate answers to life's questions. "This is my revelation- not yours," he emphasized. "It must always remain open at the top for new insights." It is well understood throughout the world that thought is an essential tool in defining challenges and creating solutions. If a person is thoughtful, life is much easier. If a person is thoughtless, life can be quite challenging for that person and anyyone's life that person touches. Most people think and in fact when there is no brain wave activity, some say a person is dead. Spiritual awareness can expand indefinitely, but thought does seem to be a prerequisite for this.

The power of thought is a natural principle. All of us share unlimited access to Mind, the infinite curative power of the universe. That power- a natural Law - can operate only through our own minds. It is obedient to our expectations, it manifests exactly as we think and believe.

If you want to change any condition in your life, then "give the Law new instructions," wrote Ernest Holmes. Through affirming and accepting the innate excellence of any circumstance, we can channel this generative energy. Our individual welfare rests neither in our luck nor in our hands - but in our minds.

A pathway to well-being. Religious Science involves affirmation rather than denial. Disease, for example, is a fact; we need not deny its existence. However, as Ernest Holmes wrote in his book Science of Mind, (not to be confused with the original Science of Mind by John Bascom.) "Disease is not a truth." The truths within Infinite Intelligence include health, abundance, security, love, peace, and happiness - all of which make up our natural state. Anyone, by claiming those truths and acting confidently on them, can bring them into manifestation.

Religious Science's relation to the New Thought Movement

The largest denomination in New Thought is Seicho No Ie. It is Japanese! Ernest Holmes' talented brother Fenwicke Holmes played a part in supporting its foundations. The smallest denomination is so small, that it only has two centers. Science of Mind is a wonderful part of this movement. About 5 or 6 denominations in New Thought use Science of Mind as all or part of their teachings. In addition to Global Religious Science, two of the larger groups of this part of the New Thought movement have begun to call themselves "Centers For Spiritual Living", not to be confused with the other Centers for Spiritual Living which are Unity groups or Divine Science groups that have named their various centers Unity Center for Spiritual Living, of Divine Center for Spiritual Living, etc... The name change by some of these organizations that formerly called themselves Church of Religious Science primarily stems from that fact that they are upset that the public often confuses them with Scientology. This confusion is partly generated by the name of Ernest Holmes book "Science of Mind." Had he preferred the term Creative Mind, (the title of his second book) perhaps they would confused with creationists.

There are some who confuse Scientology with Science of Mind due to the fact that individuals must pay for a series of lessons to "grow in consciousness". Charging for lessons contrasts with the way that Abrahamic, Vedic or Buddhists teach and share their Spiritual Paths, but is congruent with the way Scientology is taught. However it should be clear that Religious Science has nothing to do with Scientology.

Religious Science - Philosophy or Religion?

This is the great debate within Religious Science organizations, perhaps due to the fact so many do not wish to subscribe to any beliefs. Many adherents of Religous Science and Unity tell seekers that people need not forsake any other spiritual path. The chief argument is that all people are practicing the principles of New Thought right now! "As we change our thinking, we change our lives." Most people are using the mystic law unconsciously, but some have learned to use the law consciously. Those who use the mystic law consciously get definite effects according to the causes they are putting into action. An interested person who desires more health, happiness and abundance of good in his or her life can simply pick up one of the books on the New Thought reading list, learn the principles and begin consciously transforming his or her life right now! Or you may visit a New Thought Community. There are at least 10 denominations, so there is likely to be one near you! Some say that the Religious Science form of New Thought is only a way to change and not a spiritual path or religion at all. There are of course some within the Religious Science part of the New Thought movement who are quite fearful that they might be labeled "white witches" or placed outside of the category of "peoples of the books" by Islamic radicals. But if one looks at Holmes' The Bible in the Light of Religious Science, one can see that Holmes was quite fond of Abrahamic texts.

Religious Science Literature:

The central text for Religious Scientists is Holmes' Science of Mind. But there is also a monthly magazine which contains daily meditations, affirmations and other articles some of which are written by Religious Science ministers and practitioners. The process by which ministers may be selected to be featured in these magazines does not appear to reflect any great spiritual ability but the writing can be quite good. There are also a number of articles on whatever is currently trending in spirituality. The magazine is also available in Braille. At one time there was a second magazine called Creative Mind but this was terminated with the amalgamation of their organizations.

Besides Ernest Holmes' Science of Mind, He wrote a number of other texts. Most of these are in the public domain today. You will find an extensive collection of links to New Thought texts online at NewThoughtLibrary.com including:

The Ernest Holmes Collection:

Religious Science Churches versus Centers

Although according to legend "Ernest Holmes never intended to establish a church." The legend goes that the Church of Religious Science was formed by the many people who attended his lectures. Seeking continuity, as well as the fellowship of weekly gatherings, they formed churches. This led to the establishment of various Religious Science churches which then affiliated with each other and over time created schools and other programs to support those seeking to learn this potent "philosophy". In contrast to this mythology is stands the fact that he created the Religious Science Institute and began training pracititoners and ordaining ministers.

Up until the 21st Century it is said that most Religious Science churches interpreted Holmes' Science of Mind philosophy in its own way with differences in procedure and approach. But it seems that there were in fact guidelines and requirements in both RSI (Religious Science International) and UCRS (United Church of Religious Science). Whereas recent trends show a consolidation and homogenization in terms of "branding," there appears to be a proliferation of Crystal beds and other New Age practices within various communities in the U.S. and Canada. This is a strong move away from Ernest Holmes' original Religious Science. We shall see how far that goes.

There are several Religious Science denominations and they have different directories, this it is perhaps simplest to go to FindACenter.com to find a New Thought Community near you.

For all New Thought Churches, Centers and Communities Seekers can go to the one of the wonderful FindACenter directories online which are the only Universal directories of New Thought that we know of: NewThoughtCentres.com

 

 

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Today there are at least ten different New Thought Denominations, some of which prefer to call themselves "Transdenominations." Although some say this term comes from the Rocky Horror Picture Show:

We believe it was invented by one of the more popular ministers in California.

One must understand that in New Thought there can be a tendency by some well-meaning souls to create new language such as the terms "transdenominational," or "chemiicalization" which conjure up strange imagery. This often springs from well meaning intent to describe things that these people have not learned the language for.

In fact there are many wonderful and diverse organizations within New Thought with distinct approaches to both their methods of teachings and their root texts.

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