Religious Science

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Religious Science , also Science of Mind , was founded in 1927 by Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) and is a non-denominational, spiritual-philosophical movement within the Neugeist movement .


The origins of the Religious Science movement date back to 1927. A year earlier, in 1926, Ernest Holmes published The Science of Mind, which is fundamental to the teachings of the movement . Holmes then founded the Institute for Religious Science and the School of Philosophy in Los Angeles and thus laid the foundation for the later Church of Religious Science . Today, especially in the United States, there are many Church of Religious Science training centers and congregations offering a variety of courses that are subject to a fee. In California alone there are 95, in Europe most of the positions can be found in England.


The Religious Science movement advocates a panentheistic worldview in which everything and everyone is both an expression and part of a divine intelligence . Because God is everything that is (and thus not only finds himself "in heaven" or in the deities assigned to him), every person can make this divine power his own to the extent that he makes himself aware of its presence.

In contrast to other new intellectual subgroups, Religious Science according to Ernest Holmes is not based on any beliefs, but rather on “what I can achieve” of the individual believer.


The Credo of Religious Science, taken from Ernest Holmes What I believe :

  • We believe in God, the living Almighty Spirit; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent. This one reveals itself in and through all creation, but is not received by it. The revealed universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary product of God's infinite self-consciousness.
  • We believe in the incarnation of the spirit in all and that we are all incarnations of the one spirit .
  • We believe in eternity, immortality and the persistence of the individual soul, which grows forever and ever.
  • We believe that the kingdom of heaven is within us and that we experience that kingdom to the extent that we become aware of it.
  • We believe that the ultimate goal of life is to achieve complete detachment from all discord in nature, and that this goal is achieved by everyone.
  • We believe in the unity of all life and in that the highest God and the inmost God are one and the same.
  • We believe that God is personal to everyone who feels his indwelling presence.
  • We believe in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone can become a revelator who lives in close contact with the God who dwells within them.
  • We believe that the Universal Mind , which is God, acts through a Universal Mind , which is the law of God ; and that we are surrounded by his creative spirit, which is directly influenced by our thoughts and actions that concern him.
  • We believe in the healing of the sick through the power of this Spirit.
  • We believe in the control of situations by the power of this mind.
  • We believe in eternal goodness, eternal loving favor, and the eternal gift of life for all.
  • We believe in our own soul, our own spirit and our own purpose; because we understand that our life is God himself.


The largest Religious Science organizations are:

  • Global Religious Science Ministries (GRSM)
  • United Centers for Spiritual Living (UCSL), formerly United Church of Religious Science (UCRS)
  • International Centers for Spiritual Living (ICSL), formerly Religious Science International (RSI)
  • Affiliated New Thought Network

Main representative

See also

Web links

Commons : Religious Science  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. United Church of Religious Science FAQ
  2. ^ Holmes, Ernest: The Science of Mind, New York: GP Putnam's Sons, 1997.
  3. (English)
  4. What we believe - Translated from English
  5. Global Religious Science Ministries Website (English)
  6. Church of Religious Science Website (English)
  7. Religious Science International - teaching the Science of Mind website (English)
  8. Via the Affiliated New Thought Network ( Memento of the original dated February 3, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /