Fact A Day

Fact a Day: August 19th

The Facts on the Mind Sciences (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 10-11


What is Religious Science (Science of Mind)?

  Religious Science and its teaching, Science of Mind, are the syncretistic brainchild of Ernest Holmes (1887-1960). Holmes weaved parts of Eastern religion and occult philosophy into a “power of positive thinking” worldview. The influential Norman Vincent Peale, himself a promoter of occult/Eastern philosophy, said of Holmes, “Only those who knew me as a boy can fully appreciate what Ernest Holmes did for me. Why, he made me a positive thinker.”* In his early spiritual life, Holmes studied Christian Science, hypnotism, psychic phenomena, theosophy, and spiritism. He was influenced by all of them. In fact, he regularly attended seances held by a “Mr. Wiggins” and was “terrifically impressed by him.”* According to his brother’s biography, Ernest Holmes attended seances “on unnumbered occasions” although he ultimately concluded spiritism had certain limitations and decided to trust his own direct links to Divine Mind.* Thus, Holmes confesses, “I didn’t like any of the religions I was acquainted with so I…made up one that I did like.”* Although Holmes claims his philosophy was truly Christian and, “fundamentally follow[s] the teachings of Jesus,” this is not true. First, Holmes teaches that the essence of all religions is the same: “Truth is One”…. Second, Religious Science teaches that man and God are one essence….Third, Religious Science denies the biblical teaching that Jesus is “God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16,18)…. A fourth reason Religious Science cannot be considered Christian is its acceptance of pantheism, the belief that everything is part of God…. The fifth reason Religious Science cannot be considered Christian is that it denies the biblical view of salvation. *For documentation see The Facts on the Mind Sciences