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Thomas Troward

Thomas Troward
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Thomas Troward (1847–1916) was an English author whose works influenced the New Thought Movement and mystic Christianity.


  • Background 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Troward was a divisional Judge in British-administered India. His avocation was the study of comparative religion.

After his retirement from the judiciary in 1896, Troward set out to apply logic and a judicial weighing of evidence in the study of matters of cause and effect.[1] The philosopher William James characterized Troward’s Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science as "far and away the ablest statement of philosophy I have met, beautiful in its sustained clearness of thought and style, a really classic statement."[2]

According to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) archivist Nell Wing, early AA members were strongly encouraged to read Thomas Troward's Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science.[3] In the opening of the 2006 film The Secret, introductory remarks credit Troward's philosophy with inspiring the movie and its production.[4]

Troward was a past president of the International New Thought Alliance.


  • The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science 1904
  • The Dore Lectures on Mental Science
  • The Creative Process in the Individual
  • Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning
  • The Law and the Word
  • The Hidden Power and Other Papers on Mental Science

See also


  1. ^ The History and Philosophy of the Metaphysical Movements in America - Page 209 by J. Stillson Judah - Sects - 1967
  2. ^ The Science of Living the Life You've Always Wanted - Page 207 by Richard Lanoue, Author Richard Lanoue
  3. ^ , accessed September 2008.Recovery From Alcoholism: The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Eastern SpiritualityHart, Kenneth
  4. ^ Screenwriter Claims 'The Secret' Has Its Roots in a 100-Year-Old Philosophy Called the New Thought Movement

Further reading

  • Thomas Troward, the Man & His Work, Harry Gaze

External links

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