The Evolution of Human Thought

The lecture series, "The Evolution of Human Thought," is one of many that Dr. Boyd and Dr. Lister shared and taught during their active partnership (1925-1936). We present Dr. Boyd's work here as an introduction and commentary on the philosophers whose works we have highlighted as seminal to Western and Christian thinking.


The Oriental Foundation of Thought: A study of the work of the Indo-European mind reveals its tendency was toward the "other" or hidden side of life. The sources of all philosophical principles are found there.
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The Greek Masters: These philosophers sought the one, unchanging material principle of all things, and evolved physical theories to explain all existence in terms of primary matter.
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The Patristic Masters of Thought: The Epicureans and Stoics were the only old schools of Greek thought that survived and held a place during the Christian period.
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The Philosophy of Jesus: Jesus' teachings submit themselves to analysis without the slightest chance of detracting from their value. His whole teaching was purely philosophical in its character.
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Immanuel Kant: The real purpose of philosophy is not to prove a thing true, but rather to find out by correct methods of thinking whether it is true or not. Kant's famous question, with which he confounded the thinkers of his time was, "How do you know?"
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Outline for Right Thinking: Many things may be true for cosmic thought that are not true for our human understanding. The mental life, considered as fact, belongs to psychology, but considered as apprehending truth, it belongs to logic.
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The Outline of Philosophical Attainment: The persistent effort of thinkers in all ages to find some rational solution to the mysteries of Being and its manifestation is impressive. Their ideas of uniting an atom of spirit and an atom of matter will hold a place among thinkers, especially when science faces the fact that matter never acts of itself. The organization of an atom can have no adequate explanation apart from the presence of Mind as the crux determining its organization.
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Thomas Parker Boyd, D.D., PhD

Thomas Parker Boyd Jr. held a Doctorate in Divinity, and spent many years as rector of several Episcopalian churches in Oregon, Washington and California. While serving as Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Francisco, he studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, earning another Doctorate, under Dr. George M. Stratton, then Professor of Psychology, and later President of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Boyd founded the Society of the Healing Christ to train people who wanted to be healers. Edna Miriam Lister met with Dr. Boyd December 5, 1925. After she completed the course of study he set for her, she started campaigning with him and his staff of twenty-six in January 1927. They traveled almost constantly, throughout North America, Canada, England and Scotland. In 1934, Dr. Boyd retired, naming Dr. Edna Lister his successor as head of the Society of the Healing Christ. Thomas Parker Boyd passed to the other side in 1936.



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