Emmet Fox

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Emmet Fox (July 30, 1886 – August 13, 1951) was a New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, during the Great Depression. His large Divine Science church services were held in New York City.


Fox was born in Ireland. His father, who died before Fox was ten, was a physician and member of Parliament.[1]

Fox attended St Ignatius' College, a Jesuit secondary school near Stamford Hill. He became an electrical engineer.

He studied New Thought from the time of his late teens; discovering his healing powers early. He came to know the prominent New Thought writer Thomas Troward.[1] Fox attended the London meeting at which the International New Thought Alliance was organized in 1914. He gave his first New Thought talk in Mortimer Hall in London in 1928.

Soon he went to the United States, and in 1931 was selected to become the successor to James Murray as the minister of New York's Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ. Fox became immensely popular, and spoke to large church audiences during the Depression, holding weekly services for up to 5,500 people at the New York Hippodrome until 1938 and subsequently at Carnegie Hall.[2]

He was ordained in the Divine Science branch of New Thought.

Connection to alcoholics anonymous[edit]

Fox's secretary was the mother of one of the men who worked with Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W., and partly as a result of this connection early AA groups often went to hear Fox.

His writing, especially "The Sermon on the Mount," became popular in AA. Several pamphlets "The Golden Key," and "The Seven Main Aspects of God" are also widely read. [3]



  • Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings. (1931) ISBN 0-06-250408-8
  • Power Through Constructive Thinking. (1932) ISBN 0-06-062861-8
  • The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life. (1934) ISBN 0-06-062862-6
  • Find and Use Your Inner Power. (1941) ISBN 0-06-250407-X
  • Make Your Life Worthwhile. (1942) ISBN 0-06-062913-4
  • Alter Your Life. (1950) ISBN 0-06-250897-0
  • Stake Your Claim: Exploring the Gold Mine Within. (1952) ISBN 0-06-250537-8
  • The Ten Commandments. (1953) ISBN 0-06-250307-3
  • Diagrams for Living : The Bible Unveiled. (1968) ISBN 0-06-250335-9

Booklet: The Mental Equivalent: The Secret of Demonstration. (1943) ISBN 1603865942

Pamphlet: The Seven Day Mental Diet : How to Change Your Life in a Week. (1935) ISBN 0-87516-738-1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Emmet Fox". wwwhubs.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Meet Dr. Emmet Fox". emmetfox.net. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  3. ^ "influence on Alcoholics Anonymous" Retrieved Aug 22, 2008

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