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Ernest Holmes(1887-1960) was the founder of the Religious Science movement, now known as the Centers for Spiritual Living, with hundreds of spiritual centers around the world. He was a uniquely gifted scholar with a vast command of the world's religions, as well as psychology, philosophy, science, show more and the arts. Holmes's many inspirational books include The Science of Mind, This Thing Called You, and A New Design for Living. show less
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Ernest Holmes and Fenwicke L Holmes were Brothers, They each were Authors in their own right and also collaborated on books together. Please do not combine or separate the listings for either or both.

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Works by Ernest Holmes

This Thing Called You (1948) 122 copies
Living the Science of Mind (1984) 91 copies
Creative Mind and Success (1920) 73 copies
Creative Mind (1984) 58 copies
Can We Talk To God? (1992) 43 copies
Love and Law (2001) 43 copies
A New Design for Living (1983) 33 copies
The Art of Life (2004) 28 copies
The Voice Celestial (1960) 25 copies
It's Up to You (1968) 12 copies
Living Without Fear (2010) 12 copies
Philosophy of Jesus (1973) 12 copies
Effective Prayer (1966) 10 copies
Discover a Richer Life (1961) 9 copies
Your Invisible Power (2006) 8 copies
Light (1971) 7 copies
Ideas for Living (1972) 6 copies
Pray and Prosper (1973) 6 copies
Observations (1968) 5 copies
Freedom from Stress (1964) 5 copies
Journey Into Life (1967) 4 copies
The Power of an Idea (1965) 4 copies
The Philosophy of Jesus (2015) 4 copies
Immortality (2003) 4 copies
Religious Science (2010) 4 copies
New Horizons (1973) 3 copies
A Holmes Reader on Change (1958) 2 copies
Help for today (2021) 2 copies
You Will Live Forever (2011) 2 copies
Creative Living 2 copies
Keys to wisdom (1965) 2 copies
Life Is What You Make It (2015) 2 copies
Gateway to Life (1974) 2 copies
Reader on Meaning (1960) 1 copy
It Can Happen to You (1959) 1 copy
Healing at a Distance (1997) 1 copy
I Need Help 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Holmes, Ernest Shurtleff
Date of death
Places of residence
Lincoln, Maine, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Holmes, Fenwicke Lindsay (Brother)
Holmes, William (Father)
Holmes, Anna Heath (Mother)
Church of Religious Science (Founder)
Science of Mind Magazine (Founder)
Holmes Institute, formerly Ernest Holmes College
Short biography
Ernest S. Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, was born January 21, 1887, in Lincoln, Maine. His poor family provided little incentive for education, and at the age of 15 he left home for Boston to make his way in the world. He pursued a course in public speaking and discovered that one of his instructors was a Christian Scientist. He was given a copy of Mary Baker Eddy 's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. This basic Christian Science textbook fit easily into Holmes's reading of philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
In 1912 Holmes moved to Southern California where his brother Fenwicke had become the pastor of a Congregational church. Shortly after his arrival he discovered the Metaphysical Library in Los Angeles, which had become the center for the distribution of New Thought metaphysical literature. He avidly devoured the works of writers such as Thomas Troward, William Walker Atkinson, and Christian Larsen. In 1916 he gave his first public lecture at the Metaphysical Library, and the following year he and his brother opened the Metaphysical Institute and began issuing a magazine, Uplift. Within a short time he was lecturing regularly in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and began to travel nationally. His first book, Creative Mind, appeared in 1919. A final step in his mature development occurred in 1924 when he briefly settled in New York City and became the last student to be accepted by Emma Curtis Hopkins, the founder of New Thought.
In 1925 Holmes returned to Los Angeles and finished writing his major work, The Science of Mind (1925), a summary of his thought and the textbook embodying his own perspective on New Thought. The "Science of Mind" was the study of spirit, the reality underlying the visible cosmos. Mastery of the Science of Mind led to happiness, health, and prosperity. He also developed a simple technique of healing prayer. In 1927 he founded the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy and began to train people in his methods. They in turn established themselves as Science of Mind practitioners in a manner similar to Christian Science practitioners.
The movement Holmes began prospered over the next several decades. He continually had to move his Sunday lectures into larger facilities. In 1949 he began a radio show, "This Thing Called Life." New books appeared regularly.
Holmes resisted attempts to see Religious Science as a church movement. However, in 1949, giving in to requests from some of his closest associates, he oversaw the formation of the International Association of Religious Science Churches. In 1954 Holmes moved to reorganize the very loosely organized association directly under the institute, whose name was changed to the Church of Religious Science. While most congregations went along with the plan, some, including those led by several of Holmes's closest colleagues, saw the move as a power grab and continued the association as a separate movement.
Holmes died April 7, 1960, in Los Angeles. The Church of Religious Science continues as the United Church of Religious Science and the association continues as Religious Science International.
Disambiguation notice
Ernest Holmes and Fenwicke L Holmes were Brothers, They each were Authors in their own right and also collaborated on books together. Please do not combine or separate the listings for either or both.



A book that demands to be digested slowly and not devoured. Truly profound. If you're looking for something to rewire your brain completely, this it is.
NancyBookwin | 3 other reviews | Aug 14, 2023 |
The Science of Mind

Don't be fooled by the title - I was, but only until the third paragraph. I don't remember how it got on my list, but once started, I felt I had to train wreck through it. I've read a number of real mind science books in the last couple of years and this this is a simply a largely Christian religious text with a few scientific mentions in it. There is a bit of pseudoscience, but Holmes clearly doesn't think so.

It's unfair to ding Holmes for a 1920s perspective, and it's unfair to pick on the non-science as this is clearly religious. Any reader without a critical eye can be taken in by the wrong definitions/examples. His examples of something as simple as inductive and deductive reasoning are wrong, but sound convincing.

I made a lot of notes, but after a while it became comical, so I decided to give up. Some of the gems is this one:

Take electricity as an example; we know that there is such a thing as electricity; we have never seen it, but we know that it exists because we can use it;... That logic evades me - we can make predictions about electricity, and test those predictions...but the simpler answer wasting scientists's time is because "we can use it".

It is known that certain people can read our thoughts, even when we are not aware of the fact... Um, wow.

The conscious mind controls the subconscious; and in its turn, the subconscious controls the body. No. Really no.

...as we have found that man is threefold in his nature, so we must also deduce that God is threefold in His Nature... "must"? Dude, there is no "must"...save in your manufactured very odd world. Non sequitur.

Psycho-analysis is a system of analyzing the soul, or the subjective mentality. It is a mental process of diagnosis which seems to be technically perfect when used by those who understand it. Right. Because psycho-analysis is an absolute science.

Strange as it may seem, we do not have the same physical bodies that we had a few months ago; they have completely changed; new particles have taken the place of the old; and the only reason why they have taken the same form is, that Instinctive Man has provided the same mold. Huh. No comment necessary.

So, I was a bit surprised to learn that the mythical (Biblical?) flood was caused by psychic confusion. Never heard/read that ever. I was also unaware that "very few diseases are inherited". I'll chalk that up to a 1926 understanding of genetics.

I think I should qualify this review...I looked up comments on other editions and learned that this may have been an abridged version. I can't imagine plowing through anything longer. This is a tortuous read. Holmes is all over the map here and doubles back on himself throughout. He obviously believed he was coherent. He wasn't.

I didn't like this, but not enough to rate it one-star.
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1 vote
Razinha | 3 other reviews | May 23, 2017 |
changed my life ... but you need to be ready for it.
read it with an open mind. read it as if what he's saying is true. you can always disagree after you're done. it'll change your life!
i love you!!
1 vote
Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
Hard to understand and slow reading, but an interesting point of view.
jensenyetta | 3 other reviews | Jun 24, 2009 |

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