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Thomas Troward

Birthplace: Punjab, India
Death: Died
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Son of Col. Albany Troward and Frederica Troward

Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Thomas Troward

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


Troward was a divisional Judge in British-administered India. His avocation was the study of comparative religion. Influences on his thinking, as well as his later writing, included the teachings of Christ, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

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. 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."

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

Further reading

Thomas Troward, the Man & His Work, Harry Gaze


  • 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
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Punjab, India
Age 69