"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
June 11, 2017
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Was the religion of Jesus a belief or was it a truth? Who is to say? Must the answer come from a professional believer or from the works of someone? Suppose a man should discover the truth in regard to a certain fact and should render his wisdom practicable, we should call that a science, should we not? The world who saw the effect and knew not the science or cause must acknowledge it a mystery. This class would talk about it, but the author would not talk about it, but would put it in practice. Here are two kinds of wisdom, one reduced to a science and the other an opinion about it. Jesus put his wisdom into his works. The world talked and preached about Jesus and this was religion but it amounts to nothing for it contained no wisdom.
The religion of Jesus was to put his wisdom into practice and it is what the world knew not of. It was the light that lighteth everyone that cometh into the world of wisdom; therefore to be a follower of Christ is to break from your errors and learn to understand the truth. This truth weighs all things. It balances every act and rewards everyone according to his act. Its labor is to convince man of his errors for his happiness, not to browbeat him into a belief, but to teach him that all men were born free and that error has bound them. Religion upholds slavery, science destroys it. The religion of Jesus, which was Christ, destroys slavery and convinces man that a slave is an emblem of his error. Wisdom is the master, so when the servant or error is above the master, evil reigns. Here are two separate identities. Error had religion to oppose the scientific man and stifle progression. Science also has a religion which liberates the prisoner. The religion of the priests was to bind the masses and keep them in subjection. Both of these characters, science and religion, are in every man, and it is hard to separate them, for the error will often assume the form of an angel.
I will explain how I am affected while sitting by the sick. All mankind act according to their belief without knowing it, so to know how to act intelligently is to correct a false idea. According to our natural belief, man is matter. To my wisdom, matter is an idea that is used like language to convey to another some wisdom that one wishes to explain to his friend. Here is the difference between myself and the world; the world believes in matter and everything out of matter is a mystery. I admit matter, but I call it the shadow of our wisdom, so the natural man's wisdom cannot see itself or matter, nor has any idea of an existence in a state outside of his belief. I admit both, and class them both in this way: science and ignorance.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Henry Wood (1834-1909) can be described as one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement, even though he was neither a minister nor the founder of a church or center. A successful businessman and author, Wood was forced by ill health to retire. He somehow came across the principles later known as New Thought, was healed, and sought to help others learn to heal themselves. He was one of the founders of the Metaphysical Club and at one time served as its president.
Wood, along with Horatio W. Dresser, was one of two New Thought authors specifically singled out for praise by William James in his Varieties of Religious Experience. Here is what James had to say about New Thought, known at the time as “mind cure”:
The plain fact remains that the spread of the movement has been due to practical fruits, and the extremely practical turn of character of the American people has never been better shown than by the fact that this, their only decidedly original contribution to the systematic philosophy of life, should be so intimately knit up with concrete therapeutics. (p. 94)
On the same page, James, after describing “a good deal of the mind-cure literature” as “so moonstruck with optimism and so vaguely expressed that an academically trained intellect finds it almost impossible to read it at all”, states in a footnote that he considers Horatio W. Dresser and Henry Wood “far and away the ablest of the group” of mind-cure authors.
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Today’s featured article is Religion of Jesus that begins on page 486 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.
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