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The bibliography of Dresser writings is incomplete, although very slightly amplified over the original version. Many years ago I complied a supplement to the bibliography; unfortunately all copies of it have disappeared. It dealt largely, if not entirely, with Dresser writings in Swedenborgian periodicals.

For those who want entry points to the writings of the great process thinkers, Whitehead and Hartshorne, I suggest:

Alfred North Whitehead, Modes of Thought (New York: Macmillan, 1938).

Charles Hartshorne, Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984).

A notable introduction to the field of process thinking:

John B. Cobb, Jr. and David Ray Griffin, Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1976).

An excellent anthology of writings from ancient to recent, organized in a process perspective:

Charles Hartshorne and William L. Reese (eds.), Philosophers Speak of God (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1953).

For much on the philosophical underpinnings of Process



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New Thought, see two notable volumes in The Library of Living Philosophers, now published by Open Court Publishing Company, La Salle, Illinois: Paul Arthur Schilpp (ed.), The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, 1941 and 1951, and Lewis Edwin Hahn (ed.), The Philosophy of Charles Hartshorne, 1991.

David Ray Griffin and Huston Smith, Primordial Truth and Post-modern Theology (State University of New York Press, 1989) is a helpful exchange of views on the issue of an impersonal ultimate vs. a personal God.

Charles S. Braden, Spirits in Rebellion: The Rise and Development of New Thought (Southern Methodist Press, 1963) remains the best and most complete and reliable history of New Thought. While I was a graduate student, Charles S. Braden called on me, and I shared information on Evans with him. Shortly after I completed work on my dissertation, this book appeared.

Martin A. Larson, New Thought Religion: A Philosophy for Health, Happiness, and Prosperity (Philosophical Library 1986, revision of 1985 original edition titled New Thought, or, A Modern Religious Approach) emphasizes possible Swedenborgian influences.

J. Stillson Judah, The History and Philosophy of the Metaphysical Movements in America (The Westminster Press, 1967) covers a wider field.

Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1972) covers a much wider field. Ahlstrom uses the term harmonial religion for the metaphysical movement. See Appendix J.

Gail Thain Parker, Mind Cure in New England: From the Civil War to World War I (Hanover, New Hampshire:

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University Press of New England, 1973) covers a narrower field, as do:

C. Alan Anderson, Contrasting Strains of Metaphysical Idealism Contributing to New Thought; Monograph #1 (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion, 1991).

Ervin Seale (ed.) Phineas Parkhurst Quimby[:] The Complete Writings, 3 vols. (Marina del Rey, Calif: DeVorss & Company, Publishers, 1988).

Ervin Seale, Mingling Minds: Some Commentary on the Philosophy and Practice of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (Linden, New Jersey: Tide Press, 1986).

Mason A. Clark (ed.), The Healing Wisdom of Dr. P. P. Quimby (Los Altos, Calif.: Published by the author, distributed by DeVorss, 1982).

Erroll Stafford Collie, Quimby's Science of Happiness: A Non-medical Scientific Explanation of the Cause and Cure of Disease (Marina del Rey, Calif: DeVorss, 1980).

Of related interest are:

Catherine L. Albanese, Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1990), which includes valuable "Suggestions for Further Reading."

Richard M. Huber, The American Idea of Success (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1971), with consideration of character, mind power, and personality ethics, in part continued in

Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic (New York: Simon


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and Schuster, 1989).

Ann Braude, Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989).

Stephen Gottschalk, The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1973).

It would be fruitless to attempt to go into greater detail here about the growing amount of research and writing--much of it unpublished--related to New Thought. Suffice it to say that whereas when I began my research I was almost alone in the field, now there is a growing group of scholars doing much to remedy the academic neglect of New Thought. There even is the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion.

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