“Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is falsely presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting scientific evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.1
Some time ago I swore to myself, and in e-mail witness with my friend and fellow ex-Christian Scientist blogger at Kindism, that I was not going to wade into the extra crazy/weird world of sexuality and Christian Science–I’ve been quite happy to leave this odd topic in their capable hands. Well, I’m going to break that vow–just a little bit. My post today deals with a hot-button (for some) issue: those who are lesbian/bi-sexual/gay/transgender (LBGT) or sometimes generically and somewhat incorrectly lumped together and referred to as homosexual. Bisexual people are not homosexual, by the way, nor are transgender folks. Homosexuality refers specifically to those who are attracted to those of the same gender as themselves. Continue reading
When I first started writing this blog, my initial goal was to simply tell my story of being a Christian Scientist, and more importantly how I left Christian Science. I’ve seen it grow to be more than just that, and I’ve seen it touch many readers who’ve found a resonance between my experiences and thoughts and theirs. It’s also ruffled a few feathers, some of whom have made themselves known to me, and I’m sure there are many who have kept their criticisms to themselves.
However, I have never intended for this blog to continue forever. My regular readers will know that I’ve at times referred to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (the so-called “textbook” of Christian Science, written by Mary Baker Eddy–the founder of Christian Science) as 600 pages of saying “matter, sin, disease, and death are not real; God is the only thing that is real” or something to that effect. I don’t want to become the anti-Christian Science version of that, and I fear that I am very close to becoming just that. As I periodically paw through my virtual bin of draft posts, I’ve seen a few that address topics I’ve already written about. After all, how many times, and in how many ways can I say that Christian Science is bullshit? That Christian Science doesn’t work, and that it’s done incalculable damage not only to me and my family, but to so many others? I think I’ve covered that ground reasonably well. Although I think others could do better, I’ve given it my best shot.
So it is that I’ve come to this point. While I still think I have some bullets left in the chamber, I’m going to slow down with regular posting to this blog. I want to focus more of my efforts on other projects, and different aspects of my life. I will still continue to post regularly to this blog, but after this week, instead of new posts going up weekly, new posts will now go up every other week.
Thank you for being a part of my on-line journey here!
“(15) If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. (16) But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ (17) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector.”
(Matthew 18:15-17 – New International Version)
The Matthew Code, as the above quoted Bible verses have come to be known, was thrown at me and my fellow students at Principia College time and time again, and is a part of the moral code that Principia students are required to abide by. Continue reading
This is #11 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 “Truth”. Look for other posts in the category “Lesson Sermon Subjects“.
Today’s post, girls and boys, is brought to you by the synonym Truth. With my views on Christian Science now, as an ex-Christian Scientist, Truth is a bit of a loaded subject. Truth (capitalized) is one of the seven “synonyms” for God, as given by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (pp. 465 & 587). Six of these seven synonyms are also Lesson subjects. The only one that didn’t make the cut was Principle. I’m not sure why. If anyone wants to research and report back, please feel free to do so.
So, what is Truth to the Christian Scientist? Continue reading
It’s official: I’m a sensitive guy. I received that diagnosis recently during a visit to the emergency room at the local hospital. This visit was occasioned by a sudden, unpleasant, and quite alarming rash that broke out all over my body; and given that it was late in the evening on a Sunday, going to a walk-in clinic or my own doctor were not going to be options, so I went to the ER. The rash had arisen the day before in a much milder form, and had somewhat subsided overnight, but now it had reared its ugly head in a much more alarming form, worse than I had ever experienced such a rash in the past. Continue reading
The debate over vaccination has been heating up especially south of the border (in the USA) lately due to a measles outbreak centred around Disneyland. It’s a debate that’s also been lighting up a few discussion threads in one of the ex-Christian Scientist Facebook groups. The anti-vaxxers are taking it hard on the chin on this one, and in my opinion, well they should. Continue reading
Here’s an oldie but goodie from the early 20th century. Continue reading
The blog Godless In Dixie discussed the phenomenon of “confirmation bias” as it relates to Christians, and by extension most highly religious people, very well in this post. I especially found a deep resonance with this particular post and its subject matter, as I related it to my own experience in Christian Science. Godless in Dixie does a very good job of discussing confirmation bias, and what it means vis a vis being religious, so I strongly recommend reading his post as a primer for my post. Here, I want to take the subject of confirmation bias, and get into how I see it in relation to Christian Science and its rather grandiose claims regarding physical healing. Continue reading