Christian Scientists or Pastors?


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Yes, you read right Christian Science. I had no idea this existed much less was regularly practiced! I was sitting in my Women's Studies class when I first heard about it but because Women's Studies does not focus on science, I could not learn about it in detail. I decided to do some research to educate myself and my peers.

What IS Christian Science?

According ChristianScience.com Christian Science is "The heart of Christian Science is Love. It's about feeling God's goodness." That is indeed a direct quote. Christian Science was invented by Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy addresses the basic teachings, "Christian Science encourages people to see things from a spiritual perspective, as Jesus taught. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also..." (John 14:12). Mary Baker Eddy said, "these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural..." (Science and Health, p.xi:14). This can mean resolving difficult challenges with health, relationships, employment, and so on through prayer, although people who practice Christian Science are free to make their own choices about what to think and do in each situation, including health care."

Bear with me here, I was also bewildered. It sounds like Scientology and Eastern religions, right? Ms. Eddy also addresses this, "The inspiration it offers runs deeper than positive thinking. Christian Science teaches that it's never God's will for anyone to suffer, be sick, or die. Instead, it shows how God is entirely good, and therefore His will for each of us is only health and life."


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Christian Science and Healing Prayer:

"Many Christian Scientists have found that prayer results in healing because of everyone's connection with God. If God is divine Love and has infinite wisdom, how could He cause sin or sickness? If God is all powerful and ever present, is there anything He can't address? Through prayer, we can learn more of God's nature and ability to touch and heal our lives and the world. Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy both showed how God helps us through prayer, similar to the way light dissolves darkness. Studies show increasing numbers of people think prayer and health are related. If you would like to talk about this idea or have someone pray with you for more light, health, and inspiration, Christian Science practitioners and teachers are available to help.  more about prayer and healing" - ChristianScience.Com

Christian Science Dabbling in Journalism:

The website of the Christian Science Monitor states, "The Christian Science Monitor is an international news organization that delivers thoughtful, global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, daily news briefing, email newsletters, and mobile site.

The Monitor is global, both in practice and in spirit.

In an era when the mainstream media has narrowed its lens, we're convinced readers yearn for the opposite. This global perspective comes naturally; the Monitor's founder, Mary Baker Eddy, explained our mission this way: "To injure no man, but to bless all mankind.""

They remain adamant in the fact that they are not a religious publication: "No, it's a real news organization owned by a church - The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., USA. Everything in the Monitor is international and US news and features, except for one religious article in the weekly magazine and Daily News Briefing - a version of which has appeared each day since 1908, at the request of the Monitor's founder."

Any Advancements in Christian Science?

No.

Arguably, at this time there is no substantial evidence to support such a statement.

Conclusion

While it seems that I did not conclude ANYTHING in this post, I did raise awareness. I learned a great researching Christian Science and I find it amazing how the human mind works and how they are virtually the same but so so so different. I will bring this post to a close with just one question: If someone who believes in Christian Science were to experience a miracle of some kind, (science-related of course) would the results be attributed to their God or to Science?

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Isn't them saying "The heart of Christian Science is Love. It's about feeling God's goodness." kind of admitting that's it's really just religion passing itself off as good science? Scientific facts aren't influenced by feelings. Plenty of scientists have strong opinions that end up turning out to be wrong. That's because the evidence for what is true and what is not isn't based on feelings. I think given the book burning history of religion or the fact that Paul C. Broun (who is on the senate science commitee) said that the big bang theory and evolution are “lies straight from the pit of Hell”, putting forth a term like christian science is like a republican who wants to increase taxes-the ideas couldn't be further away from each other. A miracle is defined by david hume in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding as "a violation of the laws of nature" and because science is confined by these laws you can't test them. The human mind is also extremely susceptible to hallucination. I'm also studying to be a lawyer and one of the things you learn in both science and law is that testimony is just about the least reliable form of evidence there is. They have to maintain they are not a religious publication because they know it makes them less credible to the scientific community as it should. Interesting post

I grew up a Christian. I completely understand why this debate will never be settled. Its a belief that dates back many years compared to a science that can be proven that it doesnt, not work. But yet it doesnt work. Meaning, theres not definite answer as to some "miracles" do happen. Until one of these is actually proven with facts this till go on forever.

I find your last question very interesting. In High School, we watched a video that was secretly filmed in North Korea. A group of ocular surgeons went into North Korea and performed pro bono surgeries on people in North Korea who had cataracts to help them regain their sight. In North Korea, Kim Jung Il was viewed as a God. After every single eye surgery, the first thing the patients would do after having their surgery and regaining their sight was go to a poster of Kim Jung Il and thank him for curing their blindness. Many people even requested that the first thing they see after regaining their sight be a photo of Kim Jung Il. Despite the fact that these people knew that there was a surgeon who had given them the gift of sight, they still believed that Kim Jung Il was responsible for restoring their vision. This can only lead me to believe that other people who put their full confidence into a religious God or leader would have the same response to a scientific "miracle"

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