Friday, April 11, 2008

Emmet Fox - New Thought

Emmet Fox (July 30, 1886-August 13, 1951) was born in Ireland, and was a famous New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th Century. He was educated in England and he had a large influence on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

His father, who died before Fox was ten, was a physician and member of Parliament. Fox attended Stamford Hill Jesuit college near London, and became an electrical engineer. However, he early discovered that he had healing power, and from the time of his late teens studied New Thought. He came to know the prominent New Thought writer Thomas Troward.

Fox attended the London meeting at which the International New Thought Alliance was organized in 1914. He gave his first New Thought talk in Mortimer Hall in London in 1928. Soon he went to the United States, and in 1931 was selected to become the successor to James Murray as the minister of New York's Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ. Fox became immensely popular, and spoke to audiences in some of the largest halls in the city. He was ordained in the Divine Science branch of New Thought.

While Emmet Fox lived he addressed some of the largest audiences ever gathered to hear one man's thoughts on the spiritual meaning of life. His books and pamphlets have been distributed to over three million people and it can be conservatively estimated that they have come into the hands of ten million.

Fox's secretary was the mother of one of the men who worked with Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W., and partly as a result of this connection early AA groups often went to hear Fox. His writing, especially "The Sermon on the Mount," became popular in AA.

Some similar New Thought writers Ernest Holmes, Thomas Troward, Emma Curtis Hopkins, H. Emilie Cady, Charles Fillmore, Myrtle Fillmore, Joel S. Goldsmith, James Dillet Freeman, Eric Butterworth.

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