1939 Dissertation on Unity


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The University of Chicago

Unity School of Christianity

A Dissertation
Submitted to the Faculty of the Divinity School
In Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
By
James W. Teener

Chicago, Illinois August, 1939


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Unity School of Christianity is now the most definitely organised group in the New Thought Movement. It has exerted a steadily widening influence over a period of fifty years. The writer here endeavors to set forth for the first time its history and theology. He acknowledges with deep appreciation the hearty co-operation of Mr. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity School of Christianity, and Mr. Lowell Fillmore, its active manager, who have kindly extended to him the resources of Unity School*s library. They also have given opportunity to confer with those directly responsible for the various phases of Unity's extensive program. The writer appreciates, too, the critical comments and suggestions of Professor Edwin Ewart Aubrey and Professor William Warren Sweet, under whose direction this thesis has bean completed.


CONTENTS

Acknowledgments ii


PART I

THE HISTORY OF THE UNITY MOVEMENT

Chapter

I. THE BACKGROUND OF THE UNITY MOVEMENT 2
II. UNITY'S PERIOD OF STRUGGLE 43
III. UNITY'S GOLDEN ERA 67
IV. UNITY BECOMES A SECT 97


PART II

THEOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF THE UNITY MOVEMENT 112

INTRODUCTION: THE SOURCES OF UNITY'S THOUGHT 113

Chapter

V. THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE 124
VI. THE NATURE OF GOD 132
VII. MAN 145
VIII. SALVATION 171
IX. THE PLACE OF JESUS CHRIST IN MAN'S SALVATION 192
Bibliography 206

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