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Religious Science

Today there are at least ten different New Thought Denominations.

There are also some wonderful New Thought Institutions which support New Thought Seekers and Sharers in different ways.

Explore the different belief structures and beliefs of the various denominations and choose the path that best suits you. Although there are some denominations who attempt to avoid having beliefs ...

We have selected the denominations which have either now or at some point articulated their beliefs or their founders have done so.

Religious Science Beliefs

What We Believe ~ An Introduction ~ The Sources ~ Religious Science is ... ~ Religious Science's relation to New Thought ~ A Philosophy or Religion? ~ Texts ~ Churches versus Centers ~

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

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. But 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". Science of Mind 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. Because Universal Mind represents an objective principle rather than a guru or a deity, it cannot dispense favoritism or judgment. Holmes' Science of Mind and its benefits are accessible to all on equal terms, without ritual, investment, or formal affiliation. Interested seekers have nothing to confess, promise, renounce, or hand over. Unless of course they wish to take classes at a Science of Mind Center and then there are reasonable charges for all the classes.

The Sources of Religious Science

like all teachings of New Thought, including Divine Science, the sources of Religious Science are found within the heart of every religion and supplemented by modern understanding of consciousness and other branches of science. All faiths include the workings of an Unseen - variously called Universal Mind, Spirit, First Cause, Being, or God. The 19th-century New Thought movement, shaped by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 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 soon 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." With even the most rudimentary understanding of Mind, any person can use thought to solve day-to-day problems. And from that point, spiritual awareness can expand indefinitely.

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 Bascom's Science of Mind) "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's talented brother Fenwicke had a part in supporting its foundations. The smallest is so small it only has two centers and more occupied with getting things for free than manifesting prosperity.

Religious Science 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 groups of this part of the New Thought movement have begun to call themselves the "United Centers For Spiritual Living" & the "International 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" versus "Scientology" but mainly because of the pyramid structure of the organization and the fact that individuals must pay for a series of lessons to "grow in consciousness". Charging for lessons contrasts with the way that Christians, Moslems and Buddhists teach and share their Spiritual Paths, but is congruent with the way Scientology is taught.

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. Unity will tell the follower as well that people need not forsake any other spiritual path. In fact all people are practicing the principles of New Thought right now! Most people are using the mystic law unconsciously, but some have learned to use the law consciously and thus are getting 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 either Holmes' Science of Mind (not to be confused with the first Science of Mind by Bascom) or one of the books on the New Thought reading list and by learning the principles of the power of mind begin consciously transforming his or her life right now!!! Or you may visit a New Thought church or pursue private study. There are 11 denominations, so there is likely to be one near you!!! Thus this viewpoint would support a belief that New Thought is only a way to change and not a spiritual path or religion at all.

Religious Science Literature:
The central text for Religious Scientists is Holmes' Science Of Mind. But there are also monthly magazines which contain daily meditations, affirmations and other articles written primarily by their ministers. 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 is often quite good. The magazines are also available in Braille.

Besides Ernest Holmes' substantial textbook, Science of Mind, He wrote a number of other texts most of which are in the public domain today. You will find an extensive collection of links to New Thought texts online at

The Ernest Holmes Collection:

Religious Science Churches versus Centers
Although according to legend "Ernest Holmes never intended to establish a church," so the Church of Religious Science was formed by the many people who attended his lectures and 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". Up until the 21st Century each church interpreted Holmes' Religious Science philosophy in its own way with differences in procedure and approach. But recent trends are showing a consolidation and homogenization of these churches in an effort to "brand" the philosophy.

There are several Religious Science denominations and they have different directories. They can be found via the links below. Just copy the link and paste it into your browser.

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:




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