Religious Science


Religious Science
Movement founded in the U.S. by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960).

After publishing his major work, The Science of the Mind (1926), Holmes established the Institute of Religious Science and Philosophy (1927). In 1949 Religious Science was established as a denomination; it soon split into two groups. It teaches that the individual mind and the Universal Mind are one and that the universe is the material manifestation of the Universal Mind. Like New Thought, it teaches that evil stems from ignorance of humanity's true higher identity and that prayer can bring about healing not only of spiritual but of physical ailments.

* * *

▪ American religious movement
      religious movement founded in the United States by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960). Holmes and his brother Fenwicke were drawn to New Thought teachings and to a belief in the power of the mind for healing and fulfillment of life. In 1926 Holmes's major work, The Science of Mind, was published. In 1927 he established the Institute of Religious Science and Philosophy in Los Angeles to teach his principles. Some of the graduates established churches based on Holmes's teachings, and in 1949 he reluctantly agreed to the establishment of a Religious Science denomination. There are now two branches: the United Church of Religious Science and the smaller Religious Science International, which prefers a less centralized polity. The two organizations have identical doctrines. The United Church publishes the magazine Science of Mind.

      Like the New Thought tradition, Religious Science is basically monistic. The individual human mind is an expression of the Universal Mind, and the universe is its material manifestation. Man and nature are, therefore, like the God who is their true being, considered to be fundamentally good, and apparent evil stems from ignorance of the highest identity. The mind, working with creative faith and knowledge of its identity with the infinite, draws on infinite resources in what is called “affirmative prayer.” When directed to a particular end, such as healing of mind or body, this employment of mind is called “spiritual mind treatment” and its results a “demonstration.” Religious Science trains both ministers and practitioners, who are qualified to give spiritual mind treatments. Services are generally similar in format to those of mainstream Protestant churches, but with an especially affirmative, optimistic tone.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Religious Science — Religious Science, also known as Science of Mind, was founded in 1927 by Ernest Holmes (1887 1960) and is a spiritual/philosophical/metaphysical religious movement within the New Thought movement. In general, the term Science of Mind applies to… …   Wikipedia

  • Religious Science — Emblem[1] Religious Science, auch Science of Mind, wurde 1927 von Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) gegründet und ist eine überkonfessionelle, spirituelle/philosophische Bewegung innerhalb des New Thought Movement …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Religious education — This article is about the teaching of religion. For the educational subject, see Religious Education. Convicted prisoners receiving Qur anic education in Central Jail Faisalabad, Pa …   Wikipedia

  • Religious symbolism in the United States military — Insignias (left to right) for Christian, Muslim and Jewish chaplains are shown on the uniforms of three U.S. Navy chaplains, 1998. (These were the only insignias in use at that time.) Religious symbolism in the United States military includes the …   Wikipedia

  • Religious Adherents in the United States of America, AD 1900-2000 — ▪ 2001 Religious Adherents in the United States of America, AD 1900 2000     Year       Annual change, 1990 1995       1900 % mid 1970 % mid 1990 % Natural Conversion Total Rate (%) mid 1995 % mid 2000 % …   Universalium

  • science — /suy euhns/, n. 1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences. 2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world… …   Universalium

  • Religious naturalism — is a form of naturalism that endorses human religious responses and value commitments within a naturalistic framework. Several forms of Religious Naturalism, including forms that adopt naturalism with added components of God language or the… …   Wikipedia

  • Science and the Church — • Dicsusses the relationship between the two subjects Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Science and the Church     Science and the Church      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Religious belief — refers to a mental state in which trust (faith) is placed in a creed related to the supernatural, sacred, or divine. Such a state may relate to: 1) the existence, characteristics and worship of a deity or deities, 2) divine intervention in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Science chretienne — Science chrétienne Église de la Science chrétienne à Boston La Science chrétienne (ou Christian Science) est un mouvement religieux fondé par Mary Baker Eddy en 1879 et rassemblant de nos jours 1 800 églises dans 82 pays …   Wikipédia en Français