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This book certainly captured my attention! The author has put her thoughts into words that relive and perhaps relieve all of the emotional pain aimed at her exposure to Christian Science. The Christian Science I know, and was raised in, is completely different. How sad that one author's perspective will taint the public image of many who may never know this religion which has enlightened thousands with a sense of love and freedom...and yes, healing. The Christian Science church I am a part of sends flowers and makes visits to hospitals, never ignoring or abandoning one another in times of need. We don't deny the challenges that come our way, we rally to help, uplift and encourage with faith, prayer and love, regardless of one's choice to receive Christian Science treatment or medical care. I would not be able to profess the beneficial effects of Christian Science if I had not experienced healing myself - healings which the medical practice would call 'unexplainable'. I've had these kinds of physical healings, so I am able to live my faith as an example, without a need to force doctrine which would seem abstract without proof. My four children grew up in a household environment so assured of God's loving care for them, that there was rarely illness in our home, or a need for medical aide, which was never denied. The book portrays the kind of Christian Science practice that loses perspective of it's true mission, one beyond physical healing- which is to unite, embrace and respect with compassion every individual right where they are- in or out of medical care- with a growing recognition of their relationship to God.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2011 1:31:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2011 1:32:17 PM PDT
Karen Wingoof says:
Thank you, carlmn. You've shared the brand of Christian Science that I was raised in, too. I don't discount Lucia's experience with Christian Science, and I know she speaks for others who've had similar experiences - where the "letter" became somehow more important than the "spirit", where judgmentalism and rigidity rule thought. But Lucia doesn't speak for my experience with Christian Science. My mom (who's almost 84 now) was and is the most loving, compassionate, open-minded, non-judgmental person I know. I feel really grateful to have been raised by her and by my dad (aged 93 and not a Christian Scientist - although he willingly gives credit to CS for all the good it added to his life and the lives of his children). We went to optometrists, dentists, and doctors - and it was no biggy. We also experienced some incredible healings through Christian Science, some of them verified by medical doctors.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote in the textbook for this way of life, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (Authorized, Trade Ed.): "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, - pulseless, cold, inanimate."
Karen Molenaar Terrell, author of *Blessings: Adventures of a Madcap Christian Scientist* and co-author of *The Humoristian Chronicles: A Most Unusual Fellowship*
Posted on Aug 31, 2012 3:14:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2012 3:14:49 PM PDT
The author's perspective isn't tainting the public image of Christian Science. The author's parents have tainted the image of Christian Science by their actions. Religious people tend to point blame at people who experience abuse rather than abusers. If religious people spent their time focusing on those who do wrong in the name of their cherished religion, the world would more likely be a better place.
Posted on Mar 15, 2014 2:16:50 PM PDT
and you watched your loved ones dying of what......?
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