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The religious thought of Emmet Fox in the context of the New Thought Movement

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dc.contributor.advisor Krüger, J.S. (Jacobus Stefanus), 1940- en Venter, Maré en 2009-08-25T10:59:09Z 2009-08-25T10:59:09Z 2009-08-25T10:59:09Z 2004-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Venter, Maré (2009) The religious thought of Emmet Fox in the context of the New Thought Movement, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The religious significance of Emmet Fox (1886-1951), a pioneer in the New Thought movement, is the focus of this study. The relevance of Fox's religious thought will be determined in reference to and in the context of contemporary theorist Ken Wilber's theoretical framework of integral hermeneutics. On the basis of Fox's primary writings, biographical information, the ideas and philosophy of modern New Thought scholars and Wilber's literature, Fox's religious thought was interpreted and evaluated. Aspects of Fox's belief, such as creative mind, scientific prayer, meditation and healing, concepts such as God, Jesus Christ, death, reincarnation, karma and end times, as well as his method of biblical exegesis are discussed. It becomes apparent that Emmet Fox, preacher and teacher, had never intended to provide a scientific or academic structural doctrine in which to deliver his teaching. His non-conformist, simple, yet well thought-through beliefs, which include esoteric, eastern and universal truths, focused on the fundamental truths that are necessary for humanity's evolutionary development. This approach made Fox's teaching valuable to his audience of the time, a changing American consciousness, as well as appropriate to a transformational South Africa, where it is relevant in bridging the various cultures, languages, and religious beliefs within a continuously changing spiritually minded population, and most of all, beneficial to every person's inner spiritual journey towards ultimate enlightenment. Fox's underlying religious belief is that `the thought is the thing' and this endorses the whole of the New Thought teaching, which states that `whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve' or `be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind'. Probably the most remarkable feature of his religious thinking is his popular allegorical interpretation of the Bible, which he interprets spiritually. It is apparent that there is an affinity between the religious thought of Emmet Fox and that of Wilber. Although the intent of this study is not to compare these scholars, it is interesting and valuable to Fox's interpretation that they advocate a similar underlying belief in the holistic Kosmos and the importance of having an integral vision. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 279 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Theory of everything en
dc.subject Divine Mind en
dc.subject Scientific prayer en
dc.subject Integral hermeneutics en
dc.subject Allegorical interpretation of the Bible en
dc.subject Healing en
dc.subject Metaphysical teaching en
dc.subject Creative thought en
dc.subject Power of the mind en
dc.subject Fox Emmet en
dc.subject Wilber Ken en
dc.subject Alternative religion en
dc.subject New Thought en
dc.subject.ddc 204
dc.subject.lcsh Fox, Emmet
dc.subject.lcsh New Thought
dc.subject.lcsh Healing
dc.subject.lcsh Wilber, Ken
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- Allegorical interpretations
dc.title The religious thought of Emmet Fox in the context of the New Thought Movement en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en D. Litt. et Phil. (Religious Studies) en

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