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The Flowering of Metaphysical Religion

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Metaphysical spirituality has found a receptive audience among middle‐class Americans. The New Thought movement combined mesmerist psychology and the “power of positive thinking” to show Americans ... More


Sculptors of Our Own Exterior: New Thought Physiques

R. Marie Griffith

in Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520217539
eISBN:
9780520938113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217539.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the link between the mind and body using the perspectives of New Thought. According to New Thought writers, the body is not only the soul's mirror but, often enough, the ... More


Practical Psychology

Mathew Thomson

in Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture, and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287802
eISBN:
9780191713378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287802.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter presents a new picture of the extent and nature of as well as the channels for the popularization of psychological thought and practice in Britain, focusing on the period from the start ... More


Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

R. Marie Griffith

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520217539
eISBN:
9780520938113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520217539.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

“Fat People Don't Go to Heaven!” screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November 2000. The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop, the nation's largest Christian diet corporation ... More


Gospels

Kate Bowler

in Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199827695
eISBN:
9780199345342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827695.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter traces the development of ideas about the power of the mind to transform thought and speech into health and wealth. Many prosperity gospels were born from the combination of three ... More


Blessed Bodies: Healing within the African American Faith Movement

Catherine Bowler

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195393408
eISBN:
9780199894390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393408.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter reports ethnographic research on a storefront African American Word of Faith Church, Durham, North Carolina, that practices healing within a Prosperity Gospel. Faith is measured in the ... More


Mind Cure and Meditation at Greenacre and Beyond

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter examines the practices of Buddhist meditation and Raja yoga in New Thought. Leaders of New Thought were first exposed to Buddhism and Vedanta philosophy through the publications of ... More


Individualist and Community-Oriented Mind Cure

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter surveys the rise of the Mind Cure movements that spread outward from the teachings of Quimby, including Christian Science and New Thought. Like most histories of these movements, it ... More


Introduction

Joseph W. Williams

in Spirit Cure: A History of Pentecostal Healing

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199765676
eISBN:
9780199315871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765676.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Church History

In addition to providing an overview of the main arguments put forward in the book regarding pentecostals' and charismatics' healing practices in the United States, the introduction also ... More


Positive Thinking and the Cure of the Souls

Carol V. R. George

in God's Salesman: Norman Vincent Peale and the Power of Positive Thinking

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190914769
eISBN:
9780190914806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190914769.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how Norman Vincent Peale’s gospel of positive thinking catapulted him to fame, mainly through his 1952 book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and contributed to the revival of ... More


Mind Cure Medicalized: The Emmanuel Movement and Its Heirs

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter describes how members of the American medical and religious establishment appropriated some of the suggestive methods taught by Mind Curers and channeled them into mainstream ... More


Metaphysics and Meatless Meals: Why Food Mattered When the Mind Was Everything

Trudy Eden

in Food and Faith in Christian Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231149976
eISBN:
9780231520799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231149976.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter explores the Unity School of Christianity, which fully employed the concept of transubstantiation in its belief in the physical and spiritual benefits of vegetarianism. In the latter ... More


Introduction

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

The introduction traces the astonishing growth of the Mindfulness movement over the past four decades and sketches the usual narrative about how it began in the 1970s, when Jon Kabat-Zinn developed ... More


Healing the Self to Heal the World

Monica M. Emerich

in The Gospel of Sustainability: Media, Market, and LOHAS

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036422
eISBN:
9780252093456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036422.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines how LOHAS salvages its “New Age” focus on self-development or actualization. It examines the Mind Cure, New Thought, and New Age movements in terms of their relationship to ... More


From Mind Cure to Mindfulness: What Got Lost

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter considers the early, community-oriented wing of New Thought movement and the Mindfulness movement side by side and identifies several characteristics they have in common, as well as ... More


Tan Sitong’s “Great Unity”: Mental Processes and Yogācāra in An Exposition of Benevolence

Scott Pacey

in Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought in Modern China

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199358120
eISBN:
9780199358205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358120.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter argues that in Tan Sitong’s譚嗣同 (1865–1898) syncretic Renxue 仁學 (An Exposition of Benevolence), in addition to incorporating Neo-Confucian, scientific, and general ... More


History Repeats

Holly Folk

in Religion of Chiropractic: Populist Healing from the American Heartland

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632797
eISBN:
9781469632810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632797.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The sixth chapter shows how the biography of B. J. Palmer recapitulated situations faced by his father. Endowed with energy and creativity, B. J. Palmer was dispossessed of leadership when a ... More


Mysticism, Mesmerism, Mind Cure

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter explores the far-reaching influences in American religion and medicine of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist and mystic, and Franz Anton Mesmer, who developed Mesmerism, the ... More


Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

Mindfulness is widely claimed to improve health and performance, and historians typically say that efforts to promote meditation and yoga therapeutically began in the 1970s. In fact, they began much ... More


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