Delving as I have these past few months into the INTA Archives has produced some very interesting highlights on the attitude of past founders of our movement. In particular Warren Felt Evans has sparked my interest.
He appears to be in a direct line from Swedenborg to Emma Curtis Hopkins. As can be found from examination of their writings. A couple of his books are now reprinted by Kessinger Publishing Co. And I hope to produce the remainder myself.
An extract from "A Sketch of the Life and Work of the Reverend W. F. Evans M.D." by William J. Leonard, dated Boston, July 1903, gives Evan's attitude to his life's work starting long before he came in contact with Quimby. Leonard had contact with Evan's daughter and access to his journals.
"He who desires to make money out of spiritual science is like the man who vainly sighs for the wings of a dove that he might use them in wading in the mud." "The truly spiritual man or mind does not desire to sell a minimum of spiritual truth for a maximum price in money, but rather imparts to all without money and without price." "The most spiritual men the world has ever held, including Jesus, have been poor in the ordinary sense of the word." "Gold and silver are symbols of celestial good and truth. Having in ourselves the latter we possess all that is of value in the former. This is the teaching of Jesus, the Christ, and is Christian science and true metaphysics."
Some quarters have accused him of founding the idea of prosperity, but he talks of abundance, which is entirely different and ties in with his remarks above, Christian science is of course the generic term of that time for the exploration into healing. The Fillmores were ordained as Christian Science ministers by Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Ernest Holmes was ordained by a Divine Science Minister out of Seattle name Agnes Galer.
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