Organized 1908 by Reuben Swinburne Clymer (b. 1878). Tries to harmonize philos. with religious truth. Teaches spiritual, esoteric, philos. interpretation of the Bible. Seekers initiated into mysteries of divine law are the priesthood of Melchizedek. Holds that man must unearth his soul (called Christos and regarded as a spark of the divine) from deep debris and bring it into consciousness in a process called regeneration. Headquarters Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
R. S. Clymer, The Teachings of the Masters: The Wisdom of the Ages, enl. and rev. ed. (Quakertown, Pennsylvania, 1952) and Manual: Order of Service and Ritual: Church of Illumination (Quakertown, Pennsylvania, 1952).
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