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Unity and World ReligionsUnity and World Religions” by Paul John Roach

The same spiritual principles run like a thread through most of the world’s religions. Indeed, they have been called the “golden thread” or “Perennial Philosophy.”

In this book, longtime Unity minister Paul John Roach connects Unity teachings with the ancient ideas found in the world’s religions. He elaborates on the five universal principles taught in Unity and shows how they are expressed through other faith traditions.

Roach includes Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and Christianity to compare to Unity. He also writes about smaller traditions such as Sufism and Zoroastrianism and acknowledges lesser-known groups, even including Dudeism, based on the movie The Big Lebowski. (“The dude abides.”) Most sections include extensive quotes from the luminaries of each tradition.

This book is a treasure trove of ideas and stories about the many ways human beings relate to the Presence we all feel.

                    

                                                                                                                                     

“Lessons in Truth: A Course of Twelve Lessons in Practical Christianity” is the core text on Unity Church teachings and it is one of the best representatives of New Thought philosophy. The spiritual models presented in Dr. Cady’s lessons show us how to enhance our confidence and inner power, and improve our spiritual development. Her first article, “Finding the Christ in Ourselves” was submitted to Charles & Myrtle Fillmore in October of 1891.  In the beginning of 1892, a series of articles titled Lessons in Truth by Dr. Cady were published in Unity magazine. This material later was compiled into a book and it was the first book Unity published. It is now the most widely read book in that movement and it has been translated into eleven languages and braille, and has sold over 1.6 million copies since its first publication.

Harriet Emilie Cady (1848-1941) was an American homeopathic physician and author of New Thought spiritual writings. She was inspired and influenced by Biblical teachings and the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson. She was taught by Emma Curtis Hopkins, the New Thought “teacher of teachers” and a student of Christian Science. Cady was associated with several prominent figures in the New Thought movement of the time and Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, co-founders of Unity Church.

 

 

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