Adam and Fallen Man

This is #3 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 “Adam and Fallen Man”.

One thing in this world that’s almost as certain as death, taxes, and the sun rising in the morning, is that this particular Lesson sermon will include either one or both of the creation accounts from the Bible book of Genesis. I have no memory of any time it hasn’t. There are two accounts of creation in the Bible, and in Christian Science, we were taught that one is true and the other is false. Most other Christian religions, as it appears to me, accept both to be true (I’m not sure how that is reconciled), and they expend a  particularly massive amount of theological and rhetorical energy on the second account of creation: the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the lasting concept of “original sin”. Continue reading

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The Sunday School Files: The Adventure With Mr. M Continues

A while back, I wrote a post about an experience from my days as a Christian Science Sunday School student. My teacher at the time was a man I call Mr. M. (I’ll keep his identity secret, although I believe he is now deceased). If you go back to my previous post, you’ll read all about his diatribes against abortion, but that’s only one of many for him. He had more, and worse, in his arsenal. Continue reading

Guest Post

The following is a guest post from Kat, a regular reader and commenter.

Our youngest child has been hit by the 48-hour stomach bug. It came on suddenly and without warning, one moment riding a bike around the yard, the next projectile vomiting all over the patio. The tummy troubles continued intermittently through the night, and by morning we were all gross and exhausted — except for the child, who managed to fall back to sleep after projectile vomiting all over the big bed. Continue reading

Ms. Eddy’s Inspiration (round 1)

Try out your knowledge of who said what.

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Ms. Eddy claims Science and Health with Key to the Scripture was divinely inspired and that her only source was the Bible (see below).

With that in mind, I will now inform you that the passages below come from the following sources:

  • Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy
  • Quimby Manuscript by Horatio Dresser
  • The Leiber Document found in Mrs. Eddy Purloins from Hegel (1936) by Walter M. Haushalter

I challenge you, dear readers, to sort out who wrote what — please share your answers in the comments. The correct answers will be shared in due time.

Please note I have temporarily suspended the requirement for a name/e-mail address when commenting so that “anonymous” commenters may speculate freely on the passages below. All comments will be moderated.


1) The contrast of good and evil is destroyed in God who is the only true reality. Since nothing is real and eternal…

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Nouveau Christian Science

There are a couple of Christian Science groups that have arisen in the St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois areas. They are a form of what I call “Nouveau Christian Science”. As I see it, it’s an effort to make Christian Science more relevant to a modern and wider audience that doesn’t generally embrace the highly sleep-inducing traditional Christian Science church service, or the highly esoteric nature of Christian Science theology.  Continue reading

Random Ironies in My Life

I stayed home sick today from work. First of all, I want to say that I’m grateful I can do this; not everyone has a job that gives them the benefit of sick days, and I dearly wish everyone did. I’m also grateful to have a comfortable home that I can spend days like this in; not everyone has that, and again I dearly wish everyone did. Rarely a day goes by that I am not grateful for what I have. Continue reading

Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?

Previously, I wrote about “Everlasting Punishment“. It and the title of this post are subjects for the Christian Science Weekly Bible Lessons, and they form the Lesson Sermon that is given on Sundays in every Christian Science church worldwide, and studied during the week by Christian Scientists. This is #2 of an eventual 26 posts in this series, where I’ll offer my take on the 26 Lesson subjects (chosen by Mary Baker Eddy) that rotate twice per year. For more on the Bible Lesson, see the entry in “Glossary of Terms“. Look for other posts in the category “Lesson Sermon Subjects“.

In the alternate reality universe of Christian Science, sin, disease, and death are as real as the mirage of a big lake in the middle of the desert. This Lesson Sermon topic gets to the meat of what Christian Science is all about, and also its biggest fallacy. Continue reading

Happy 2014!

Today, we celebrate the new year: 2014. How time seems to fly lately. I don’t know if it’s a function of age, or something else, but it seems to me that time passes more quickly now than it used to. It may not necessarily be a function of age–teenagers I know have said the same thing. Maybe it’s more a function of our turbo-charged wired and connected society. Continue reading