Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced

This is #9 in a series of posts looking at the 26 Christian Science Weekly Bible Lesson subjects, chosen by Mary Baker Eddy, and rotated twice per year. These lessons are the sermon at each Christian Science church worldwide, and are read by Christian Scientists daily. Today’s subject is “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced”. Look for other posts in the category “Lesson Sermon Subjects“. 

This one is a mouthful. As a kid in Sunday School, these were big words I didn’t understand let alone try to pronounce, despite my Sunday School teacher’s best efforts. I mean, how many kids even think or care about this stuff? Mary Baker Eddy seemed to think so, after all, lessons in Sunday School were supposed to derive largely from the Bible Lessons, so twice per year, I got to wrap my tongue around some big words for a usually boredom-filled hour. I always remember the Sunday School superintendent would emphasize the word “denounced” whenever she spoke this subject, almost as if she was pounding a wooden stake though the heart of a vampire. Continue reading

Standing By

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Image Credit: Bryant McGill (from his Facebook Page) (see: http://www.bryantmcgill.com)

One of the toughest things in life for a former Christian Scientist is dealing with friends and family who are still in Christian Science. Fortunately for me, I have no family members who are still in the faith, but I do have a number of friends who are, although I am not in close or regular contact with most of them outside of the occasional Facebook interactions. For those who still deal closely with people still in Christian Science, these relationships become especially tough if the Christian Scientist friend becomes seriously ill, and especially if that Christian Scientist is a close family member like a parent or sibling. All too often, the non-Christian Scientist gets shut out. Continue reading

Metal and Christian Science

My musical taste is very eclectic. I enjoy almost anything from a symphony by Mozart or Beethoven to the guitar riffs of AC/DC, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, or Van Halen. About the only kinds of music I don’t care much for are country, folk, rap, and hip hop. Music has tremendous power to change one’s mood, or take you back to a specific place ant time. It can evoke deep emotions, and make you forget the worries of your day. A nice guitar riff can lift my mood instantly. Continue reading

Why Did I Stay So Long?

I’ve pondered this question often over the past few years. I think I’ve written a bit on the subject in this blog too. Mostly, I’ve thought I stayed with Christian Science because (1) it’s what I grew up with, it was familiar, and (2) I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. Continue reading

Nihilism and Christian Science

A reader recently commented on a post, and in his comment made reference to Christian Science as a form of nihilism. This is a term I and I’m sure most of my readers have heard before, but have never necessarily connected it to Christian Science. I’ve always thought I had a pretty good grasp on what nihilism is, however I figured just for kicks, I’d look it up on-line. It turns out there is more to it than I thought, especially as it relates to Christian Science. Continue reading

Don’t Let a Minor Become a Major

A reader recently commented on one of my posts, stating that they had been a “radical relier” on Christian Science for much of their life until they left Christian Science, and related a painful dental story. The last sentence of their comment really resonated strongly with me, and my own experience now as a former Christian Scientist. Continue reading

Put This One On Ice Please!

The latest internet-based challenge to go around is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I’m honestly ambivalent about these sorts of things; however I can’t deny the good it’s done by raising not only awareness of this disease (it’s also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), but it’s also raised several million dollars to fund research into a cure (almost $10 million in Canada alone). To that end, I will donate some money to support ALS research, something I would not have otherwise thought to do if this challenge wasn’t happening. Want to get me to pour ice water over my head? You’ll have to nominate me. Continue reading

Is Principia Really The Best College You Can Actually Get Into?

My Principia College friends on Facebook have been quite proud lately of the fact that their (and my) alma mater ranked very high on a recent ranking of United States colleges in Money magazine. Continue reading

Guest Post: A Letter From a Principia College Grad

The following guest post was contributed by a regular reader. The author originally intended to write this as a letter to the editor, however the author wishes at this time to remain anonymous, so they chose to share their thoughts here instead.

I am writing because I take issue with Time ranking Principia College as the Number 1 college that the average B-student can get into. I find Principia’s ranking as a viable option to be incredibly misleading. On paper, Principia has a high acceptance rate and generous scholarship offers, however, you need to look at how many people are actually applying, and the demographic that Principia is catering to. Continue reading