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Mare Venter - The Religious Thought of Emmet Fox in the Context of the New Thought Movement

Mare Venter - The Religious Thought of Emmet Fox in the Context of the New Thought Movement

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About the life and teachings of Emmet Fox with a reference to Ken Wilber's teachings.
About the life and teachings of Emmet Fox with a reference to Ken Wilber's teachings.

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THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF EMMET FOX IN THE CONTEXT OF THENEW THOUGHT MOVEMENTbyMARÉ VENTERsubmitted in accordance with the requirementsfor the degree ofDOCTOR OF LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHYin the subjectRELIGIOUS STUDIESat theUNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICAPROMOTER: PROF J S KRÜGER30 NOVEMBER 2004
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This thesis is the result of the study and interpretation of Emmet Fox’s religiousthinking as portrayed in his published books. Inspired by his simple, yet universal andcomprehensible beliefs, the enthusiasm for a project of this nature was furthersupported by those in the New Thought movement. Many individuals endorsing thisbelief system have played a significant role in my own development and understandingof such concepts and I am eternally grateful to them. In loving memory I acknowledgeDr June Jones, considered the ‘mother’ of New Thought in South Africa, for trainingand qualifying me within this line of thought. My heartfelt thanks to Dr MargaretStevens for her involvement in New Thought in South Africa and her continuoussupport and friendship throughout the years.I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the following people who havetaken a more active part in the compilation and completion of this project:
Professor Kobus Krüger 
, for his interest in the subject, and who, through hisunique way of enthusing, guiding and encouraging one, gave form and structure toit.
Liz Stewart 
, for her skillful and professional editing.My mother,
Marie 
, for her unconditional love throughout my life.My late father,
Duggie 
, for his motivation.
Ludi 
for believing in me and initially encouraged me to undertake such a project.And together with our boys,
Wicus 
and
Jaco 
, provided the balanced, supportingand loving family environment to work in.
 
SUMMARY
The religious significance of Emmet Fox (1886–1951), a pioneer in the New Thoughtmovement, is the focus of this study. The relevance of Fox’s religious thought will bedetermined in reference to and in the context of contemporary theorist Ken Wilber’stheoretical framework of integral hermeneutics. On the basis of Fox’s primary writings,biographical information, the ideas and philosophy of modern New Thought scholars andWilber’s literature, Fox’s religious thought was interpreted and evaluated. Aspects of Fox’sbelief, such as creative mind, scientific prayer, meditation and healing, concepts such as God,Jesus Christ, death, reincarnation, karma and end times, as well as his method of biblicalexegesis are discussed. It becomes apparent that Emmet Fox, preacher and teacher, hadnever intended to provide a scientific or academic structural doctrine in which to deliver histeaching. His non-conformist, simple, yet well thought-through beliefs, which include esoteric,eastern and universal truths, focused on the fundamental truths that are necessary forhumanity’s evolutionary development. This approach made Fox’s teaching valuable to hisaudience of the time, a changing American consciousness, as well as appropriate to atransformational South Africa, where it is relevant in bridging the various cultures, languages,and religious beliefs within a continuously changing spiritually minded population, and most ofall, beneficial to every person’s inner spiritual journey towards ultimate enlightenment.Fox’s underlying religious belief is that ‘the thought is the thing’ and this endorses the wholeof the New Thought teaching, which states that ‘whatever the mind can conceive and believe,it can achieve’ or ‘be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind’. Probably the mostremarkable feature of his religious thinking is his popular allegorical interpretation of the Bible,which he interprets spiritually.It is apparent that there is an affinity between the religious thought of Emmet Fox and that ofWilber. Although the intent of this study is not to compare these scholars, it is interesting andvaluable to Fox’s interpretation that they advocate a similar underlying belief in the holisticKosmos and the importance of having an integral vision.

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