Movement beginning late in the 19th c. with roots in work of P. P. Quimby,* who influenced M. M. Eddy.* Quimby formed no organization, but many were formed on basis of his thought. Basic attitude is positive; emphasizes psychic control and faith healing; teachings vary from naturalism to mysticism and from Christianity to pantheism and atheism. The Nat. New Thought Alliance (1908 name) grew out of nat. annual convs. beginning 1894 and became the Internat. New Thought Alliance 1914. See also Divine Science; Trine, Ralph Waldo; Unity School of Christianity.
H. W. Dresser, A History of the New Thought Movement (New York, 1919); E. S. Holmes, New Thought Terms and Their Meanings (New York, 1942).
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