First published in 1923, this title explores the schools of religious thought and practice that sprung up towards the end of the nineteenth century and at the start of the twentieth: sects, mystics and spiritualists, theological sciences and scientific theologies, personal philosophies, and a huge range of new trajectories of thought within the established forms of Western European Christianity.
In particular, the author explores the numerous ways in which ‘Eastern’ religious traditions, or at least spiritual patterns deriving inspiration from the Orient, gained a foothold among seekers in the West at a time of optimism and belief in progress.
Table of Contents
1. Forms and Backgrounds of Inherited Christianity 2. New Forces and Old Faiths 3. Faith Healing in General 4. The Approach to Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy 5. Christian Science as a Philosophy 6. Christian Science as a Theology 7. Christian Science as a System of Healing and a Religion 8. New Thought 9. The Return of the East upon the West: Theosophy and Kindred Cults 10. Spiritualism 11. Minor Cults: The Meaning of the Cults for the Church