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Thomas Troward

Thomas Troward

A Well known English New Thought author who lived from 1847 to 1916.

The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science

The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science

James Allen reviewed this book in his May, 1904 edition of The Light of Reason, saying:

Mr. Troward possesses the rare and unique ability of presenting the most profoundly abstruse metaphysics in uninvolved phraseology. He accomplishes this difficult task largely by his use of apt comparisons, aided by a keenly synthetical quality. The book consists of thirteen chapters, which fit each other consecutively, like the steps of a ladder, the writer's object being to take his reader along by easy stages, and this he does with admirable skill. In the first chapter, "Spirit and Matter," he lucidly defines these terms, summing up his argument thus briefly:—"The distinctive quality of Spirit is Thought, and...the distinctive quality of matter is Form." In his second chapter he explains how "The Higher Mode of Intelligence controls the Lower," and the third chapter, "The Unity of Spirit," deals with the basic unity of all things. He then passes on to a consideration of "The Subjective and Objective Mind," which he deals with at considerable length in several chapters. Indeed, the whole book is really an elucidation of the self-transforming power which he regards as the distinctive quality of the subjective mind, its keynote being "All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall receive them." The chapters on "Causes and Conditions," "Intuition," "Healing," and "The Will," are all highly instructive and equally good. The book is a storehouse of rich intellectual thought, and all its metaphysical statements have a directly practical and ethical application.

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