Rev. Dr. Emmet Fox
Divine Science minister
July 30, 1886–August 13, 1951
Rev. Emmet Fox was a New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, famous for his large Divine Science church services held in New York City during the Great Depression.
Emmet Fox was born in Ireland. His father, who died before Fox was ten, was a physician and member of Parliament. Fox attended St. Ignatius College a Jesuit secondary school near Stamford Hill. He became an electrical engineer. However, he early discovered that he had healing powers and from the time of his late teens studied New Thought. He came to know the prominent New Thought writer and lecturer, Thomas Troward.
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 came to the United States and in 1931 was ordained in Divine Science by Rev. Nona Brooks and was subsequently selected to become the successor to Rev. Dr. W. John Murray as the minister of New York's First Church of Divine Science, also known as the 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 until his transition in 1951.
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 Alcoholics Anonymous.