I’ve heard and read more than a few accounts from former Christian Scientists about how absolutely callous and un-loving some Christian Scientists can be. From criticisms levelled at the person who wheels their invalid spouse into church every Sunday “for all to see” to accusations made to parents that their grown son came to church “falling down drunk”, when in fact the person was suffering from a disease that impaired their movements. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: February 2014
No More Accommodations (Profanity Warning)
As I write this post, both the upper and lower houses of the United States state of Arizona’s legislature have passed a bill that would permit any business in the state to refuse service to certain people (read LGBTQ+), based on “sincerely held religious beliefs”. If this bill receives the governor’s signature, it will become the law of the land, and there is every likelihood it will, as the governor is a social conservative. Continue reading
Strength in [Lack of] Numbers
“You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers.”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 225)
This statement is often held up by Christian Scientists as a banner of proof that Christian Science (a.k.a. Truth*) is as strong and relevant as ever, and as a denial of the reality of its very precipitous decline since about the mid 20th century. Continue reading
The Price of Leaving
A blog I regularly follow and enjoy is Godless in Dixie. The writer of this blog left his fundamentalist Christian faith and is now an atheist. Oh, and he lives in Mississippi–one of the most rabidly conservatively Christian places in the world, hence the name of his blog. Being Christian is woven into every part of the fabric of life there. Recently, he wrote this post, which touched a familiar nerve with me. He talks about those who have built their lives so much around a religious faith, such that the thought of leaving becomes absolutely horrifying, as it could literally mean losing everything, and starting from scratch. Continue reading
Ms. Eddy’s Inspiration (Round 2)
Welcome Ms. Eddy’s Inspiration Round 2 (for all posts on this topic see the MBE Inspiration tag). Answers to Ms. Eddy’s Inspiration Round 1 are now up.
As with Round 1, while Ms. Eddy claims Science and Health with Key to the Scripture was divinely inspired and that her only source was the Bible, I have drawn from a variety of sources to compile the passages below. What work is hers? I’ll let you try and sort that out.
- Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (the 1875 and 1994 editions)
- Quimby Manuscript by Horatio Dresser
- The Leiber Document found in Mrs. Eddy Purloins from Hegel (1936) by Walter M. Haushalter
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1) science brings to light truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, God’s entirety, and matter’s nothingness.
2) Embryology affords no instance of…
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Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?
This is #4 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 “Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”. Look for other posts in the category “Lesson Sermon Subjects“.
I Am a “Reclaimer” (Something I’ve Read)
Usually when I’ve shared “Things I’ve Read” here, I’m sharing horrifying or angering articles I’ve read that are usually connected with religion, or I’m sharing a recommendation for a book or article that is critical of Christian Science. Continue reading