[quote=Christy Beth]It is my understanding that the Unity Church adheres to new age teaching. As such, it would be bad indeed. New Age philosophy ascribes to “goddess” worship and other kinds of “feel good” religion. My older brother is into all of that. While he doesn’t deny God, his God isn’t the one of the bible.
It’s not new age, it is New Thought, which may sound like symantics, but isn’t. New Thought isn’t about goddess worship and it isn’t a product of the 1950s and 60s. New Thought started in the late 1800s. Unity, Christian Science, Religious Science and a few other groups that I can’t remember the name of right now all rose out of the early New Thought movement with Christian Science ultimately proving the most divergent. Unity and Religious Science are very similiar, though Unity tends to have a more Christian flavor. Both groups see God as being “the wisdom of the Universe” (and I’m totally paraphrasing). They are very much into the idea of God as Word, but not of God as Father. In fact, Religious Science generally refers to God as It. New Thought is very much into metaphysics and practical mysticism. For a very shorthand idea of what they believe I think it is fair to say you can look at George Lucas’ concept of “The Force” in Star Wars since he borrowed heavily from New Thought philosphers when he came up with that.
I would say that the largest philosophical difference between Christianity and New Thought is that New Thought philosophy teaches that God can be manipulated through prayer. And yes, yes, there are a million ways in which Christianity and New Thought differ, but I think this concept of manipulating God through prayer is the most critical since New Thought generally has very strong regard for Christianity and Jesus.
I wouldn’t consider them a cult because there is no attempt at coercion or proselytization and there’s no financial abuse. I have very warm feelings towards Religious Science in particular because it gave me what I needed to finally come back home to the Catholic Church. I worked out a lot of my anger issues with the practical spiritual tools that Religious Science has to offer.