Huston Smith, who may be the last, great teacher of Christian metaphysics, died on December 30, 2016 at the age of 97. His book Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief helped me understand why Unity will not survive without retaining its foundational teaching of Christian Metaphysics. I want to share with you why that is so.
Smith compares three views of reality that have dominated how humans perceive reality — traditional, modern and post-modern — and he defends the traditional worldview against it's suppression by scientism, consumerism and materialism in today's world. He is, as I claim, the last great metaphysician because metaphysics, as taught by Charles Fillmore, is rooted in the traditional worldview.
What follows is a short summary of the turning points in the history of Metaphysical Christianity and how metaphysics has played out in the Unity movement. This story, with conclusions from Smith's book, explains why Christian metaphysics and the viability of Unity is being killed off by two current trends in Unity: the distancing of Unity from its Christian identity and Unity's widespread adoption of New Age.
The hinge is off in Unity