The Master Key To Every Kingdom: Grace

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Hi Friends -

There are several reasons why you should click through and read The Master Key To Every Kingdom: Grace by Crichton Russ Boatwright:
  1. First, the book was never published by Unity and the author is virtually unknown. But her book is the only one I've found, other than Lessons In Truth, that received a powerful, written endorsement by Charles Fillmore.
  2. Second, the material is filled with original ideas or ideas that she brings into new understanding, such as this one on page 52 where human desire is distinguished from divine desire: "Human desire has been defined as an “urge to experience in the outer a perfection not felt within,” while “divine desire is an urge to express in the outer a perfection (ability) that is first realized within.” That's metaphysical language at its best—subtle and powerful. Theologians have bashed desire for centuries, but none of them have described it so powerfully, nor defended it so eloquently.
  3. Third, she has provided a metaphysical theology of not only grace, but also a theology of the entire sequence of crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost; she has provided a christology for understanding Christ Jesus as not just Way Shower but also Way Maker; she has provided an eschatology for understanding why the departure of Jesus opens us to the Holy Comforter and how it leads us to inhabit “many mansions”; and she has provided a whole new explanation of the vicarious atonement that honors the historical account of Jesus’ crucifixion without wallowing in bloody pity and shame.
  4. Fourth, which you can guess from what I've written, this book is a heart-centered, metaphysical Christian theology that speaks to the heart as well as to the intellect.
  5. Finally, there are a few other resources that are similar scattered throughout TruthUnity. Taken together, these resources provide a coherent, powerful theology of metaphysical Christianity. Because of their congruence and harmony, and because they speak in the religious language of the majority of people in the world today, I have assembled them in a new tab on TruthUnity: https://www.truthunity.net/christianity.

I hope this book by Crichton Russ Boatwright is a blessing to you.

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Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Crichton Russ Boatwright - Unity Minister
Crichton Russ Boatwright

The book I am about to introduce to you was never published by Unity. It may be in the Unity Library, but I’ve never come across it. It was never mentioned in my training to become a Licensed teacher. The author, Crichton Russ Boatwright, like her book, is almost totally unrecognized in Unity. The Unity Archives has a self-reported 1947 survey about her, and she appears in the 1942 ordination photos, but that’s all.

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I never would have searched to find out more about Crichton Russ if it hadn’t been for the advertisement you see here in the 1938 edition of Florence Scovel Shinn's book The Game of Life and How To Play It. See her name in there? See “Crichton Russ, Leader”? Without her, Florence Scovel Shinn may never have had a platform to teach her prosperity lessons. She opened the door for Shinn. So who was Crichton Russ Boatwright?

Well, come to find out that she was ordained a minister in 1942 and she was the leader of Unity in NYC after Georgiana Tree West. She had learned from Richard Lynch. And as noted, she shared the stage with Florence Scovel Shinn. Lynch, West and Shinn—Whew!

But that's not all. Crichton Russ, later Crichton Russ Boatwright, wrote a book on Grace. Click on the image to see what Charles Fillmore had to say about it. As far as I can tell, she is the only author, other than Emilie Cady, who received the endorsement of Charles Fillmore. Charles wrote,

1947 letter from Charles Fillmore to the publishers
this book has been given my close attention... This writer has analyzed Grace, made clear its obscurity and revealed it to be a quality of Divine Mind to which we all have access... Unity literature has not been blessed with books on this rare yet vital subject, and I am sure we will welcome this one and give it the place and prominence on our literature tables it deserves.”

She deserves the praise that Charles Fillmore gave her. The material is filled with original ideas or ideas that she brings into new understanding, such as this one on page 52 where human desire is distinguished from divine desire:

Human desire has been defined as an “urge to experience in the outer a perfection not felt within,” while “divine desire is an urge to express in the outer a perfection (ability) that is first realized within.”

One is an urge to experience, the other is an urge to express. One is void of feeling, the other is realized within. That's metaphysical language at its best—subtle and powerful. Theologians have bashed desire for centuries, but none of them have described it so powerfully, nor defended it so eloquently.

Table of Contents for The Master Key To Every Kingdom: Grace by Crichton Russ Boatwright

But her book has far more than original insights. She has provided a metaphysical theology of not only grace, but also a theology of the entire sequence of crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost; she has provided a christology for understanding Christ Jesus as not just Way Shower but also Way Maker; she has provided an eschatology for understanding why the departure of Jesus opens us to the Holy Comforter and how it leads us to inhabit “many mansions”; and she has provided a whole new explanation of the vicarious atonement that honors the historical account of Jesus’ crucifixion without wallowing in bloody pity and shame.

Crichton Russ Boatwright wrote this book in 1947, and her writings reflect the understanding of Charles Fillmore from those years that the ascended Jesus has “penetrated the ethers” and provides assistance to all who call upon his name. But her explanation addresses race consciousness more than the ethers and she really builds on the the following passage that she quotes from Myrtle Fillmore:

Jesus “merged His wonderful consciousness with the race consciousness (thoughts and feelings), that we may turn to Him and receive into our mind the understanding of life and the activities of mind that result in freedom from the limitations of the race beliefs and the intellectual reasonings. . . . We must think of Jesus ... as ever with us in the spiritual consciousness that He has established and that He has merged with the race mind in order that we may be in touch with Him and lay hold on Him. . . .”

Which should give you a clue about the tone of this book — it’s heart-centered, metaphysical Christian theology that speaks to the heart as well as to the intellect.

There are a few other resources that are similar, such as May Rowland’s Jesus Christ, An Ever-present Reality, Debbie Tyson’s USRS classes on the Holy Spirit, Carol Ruth Knox’s Prayer of the Heart and Charles Fillmore’s Keep a True Lent and Jesus Christ Heals. Taken together, these resources provide a coherent, powerful theology of metaphysical Christianity. It’s theology—not metaphysics—by which I mean they speak of God and they do so in the language of Christianity.

Because of their congruence and harmony, and because they speak in the religious language of the majority of people in the world today, I have assembled them in a new tab on TruthUnity: https://www.truthunity.net/christianity.

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