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Periodical: Unity

Summary:  From Pat Deveney's database:

Be Still and Know that I am God / You Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free
Other titles: Unity Magazine
1891 Semimonthly, then monthly
Kansas City, then Lees Summit, MO. Publisher: Unity Tract Society / Unity School of Christianity. Editor: Charles Fillmore (1854-1948), Myrtle Page Fillmore ( -1931).
Succeeds: Modern Thought-->Christian Science Thought-->Thought (merged into Unity in 1895); Weekly Unity, and New Magazine (merged into Unity in 1972)
Corporate author: Society of Silent Help / Society of Silent Unity / Unity School of Christianity1/1, June 1891-current.

This is one of the fundamentally important New Thought journals. It was originally published June-December, 1891 as a cheaper companion to Modern Thought, devoted to Silent Unity. It was then discontinued until re-started in 1895 to absorb Modern Thought and its successors, assuming the latter journal's volume numbering. This is the longest-lived New Thought journal. J.W. Teener's dissertation on "The Unity School of Christianity" (University of Chicago, 1939) says that it reached a circulation of 148,000 by 1928, and then fell steadily thereafter. The winged globe that appeared on the cover of the journal from the first issue was taken by Charles Fillmore from F.B. Dowd's Temple of the Rosy Cross (1882; 2d ed. 1888). The journal was strongly Christian and Biblical in its presentation but rested on the fundamental propositions that God is good and within each of us and desires to assist if asked. The journal regularly carried page-sized notices in bold colors with aspirations, inspiring thoughts, suggestions to the inner self, and the like, to be placed prominently about the home. Although the journal had contributions by Horatio W. Dresser, H. Emilie Cady, Annie Rix Militz, Walter de Voe, and others, it was largely written by Fillmore and the graduates and ordained ministers of Unity. In his later years, in connection with his views on the role of sexuality in spiritual and psychical development (the "regenerate life"), Fillmore came to espouse the idea of physical immortality. The journal advertised extensively for Fillmore's books, pamphlets and courses, but managed to avoid the commercialism that affected most contemporary journals. For Fillmore and his ideas, see the note under Modern Thought. See also the notes under Weekly Unity, Wee Wisdom, Daily Word. NYPL; Unity School of Christianity; Kansas City Public Library.

Modern Thought.
Devoted to the Spiritualization of Humanity from an Independent Viewpoint.
1889--1890 Bimonthly, monthly
Kansas City, MO. Publisher: Modern Thought Publishing Company. Editor: Charles Fillmore, then with Myrtle Page Fillmore. Succeeded by: Christian Science Thought-->Thought-->Unity
1/1, April 1889-March 1890. For postal reasons, the journal's subscription was set at $1.00, but copies were mailed free to all who were interested.

The first issue proclaimed its intent to mail 10,000 copies of the second number. This was the beginning of Unity (The Unity School of Practical Christianity / Unity School of Christianity), which has endured until the present. It was founded by Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) and his wife, Myrtle Page Fillmore ( -1931). The Fillmores were adherents of the optimistic, energetic school of New Thought, but in their beginnings were closer to the "metaphysical healing" ideas of Christian Science although they were never students or adherents of Mary Baker Eddy. Their initiation into New Thought came through Emma Curtis Hopkins' Christian Science Theological Seminary in Chicago. Horatio Dresser, in his history of New Thought, lists the Fillmores, along with Eddy, among the "subjective idealists" who taught that the mind was the only reality. The journal in its early days, like many of its contemporaries, displayed the influence of spiritualism. Theosophy, and occultism--featuring in its first year an article by Freeman B. Dowd, and adopting for its masthead Dowd's (and P.B. Randolph's) emblem of the winged globe. The issue also carried Hiram Erastus Butler's article on "Developing Psychic Powers." It is often said that W.W. Atkinson published his first work in the journal but the claim is wrong. The Unity School of Christianity published Christian Science Thought-->Thought-->Unity; Wee Wisdom; Weekly Unity; Christian Business Man-->Business Man-->Good Business-->New; Youth-->Progress-->You-->Progress; Daily Word; and Unity School Leaflets. The Fillmores' work and journals were astonishingly influential, and many of their enterprises (publishing and book distribution, Unity Farm, Unity School, the Unity Farm, etc.) endure today. Unity Library and Archive, Unity Village, MO.

Unity V12 1899 Jul-1900 Dec
Unity V13 1900 Jul-Dec
Unity V14 1901 Jan Jun
Unity V16 1902 Jan-Jun
Unity V17 1902 Jul-Dec
Unity V18 1903 Jan-Jun
Unity V19 N1 1903 Jul
Unity V20 1904 Jan-Jun
Unity V21 1904 Jul-Dec
Unity V22 1905 Jan-Jun
Unity V23 1905 Jul-Dec
Unity V24 1906 Jan-Jun
Unity V25 1906 Jul-Dec
Unity V26 1907 Jan-Jun
Unity V27 1907 Jul-Dec
Unity V28 1908 Jan-Dec
Unity V29 1908 Jul-Dec
Unity V30 1909 Jan Jun
Unity V31 1909 Jul-Dec
Unity V32 1910 Jan-Jun
Unity V33 1910 Jul-Dec
Unity V35 1911 Jul-Dec
Unity V36 1912 Jan-Jun
Unity V37 1912 Jul-Dec
Unity V38 1913 Jan-Jun
Unity V39 1913 Jul-Dec
Unity V39 1914 Jan-Jun
Unity V41 1914 Jul-Dec
Unity V42 1915 Jan-Jun
Unity V43 1915 Jul-Dec
Unity V44 1916 Jan-Jun
Unity V45 1916 Jul-Dec
Unity V46 1917 Jan-Jun
Unity V47 1917 Jul-Dec
Unity V48 1918 Jan-Jun
Unity V49 1918 Jul-Dec
Unity V50 1919 Jan-Jun
Unity V51 1919 Jul-Dec
Unity V52 1920 Jan-Jun
Unity V53 1920 Jul-Dec

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