Dr. Ernest Holmes’ (January 21, 1887 – April 7, 1960) book, The Science of Mind, is recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought.

Dr. Holmes developed a universal philosophy and tools for spiritual living that profoundly resonate to this day. His work provides us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the Universe, and a highly conscious, connected and joyful approach to daily living.

Known to his family as the “question mark”, Ernest Holmes was a passionate seeker of knowledge. He embarked on a path of independent thinking at age 18. He was deeply moved by the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He then found Judge Thomas Troward in England who further defined elements of the philosophy that was formulating in his mind. He began teaching Troward everywhere he could. He was also touched by the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins who had begun to influence other great “New Thought” leaders.

  • He wrote Science of Mind which is used as a textbook in Centers for Spiritual Living.
  • Began lecturing on Troward 1916
  • Published his first book Creative Mind
  • Published The Science of Mind 1926
  • Established the Institute of Religious Science 1927
  • Founded Science of Mind Magazine 1927
  • Revised The Science of Mind 1938
  • Reorganized the Institute to become the Church of Religious Science 1953
  • Dedicated Founder’s Church 1960
  • Made his transition 1960
  • Church became known as United Church of Religious Science 1967

Suggested Readings

  • The Science of Mind
  • Living Science of Mind
  • This Thing Called You
  • This Thing Called Life
  • What Religious Science Teaches