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New Thought Movements
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New Thought is a collective term for a variety of teachings whose common element is the belief that “positive thinking” can lead to mastery of life and particularly to the healing of disease (Sickness and healing). Its genesis may be traced to Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802–1866), who began to develop his so-called “argumentative method” of healing in Belfast, Maine, in 1849. His approach was to convince the patients that their illnesses were the result of erroneous beliefs, groun…

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Ludwig, Frieder, “New Thought Movements”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024074>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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