Another wonderful perspective on Christian Science from an outsider. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This one is worth the read!
Out of curiosity, I ask the woman I have been speaking to for a minute about the “Science” in “Christian Science”. She approached me at the end of the talk because the presenter had asked everyone in the room to introduce oneself to a stranger and talk about one’s inner qualities.
I don’t remember if this particular woman got around to enumerating her inner qualities, but I do remember her talking to a fellow attendee before the talk started. She was saying she has only had good tenants in the building she owns. Of course, she immediately added, she prayed for this to happen.
The reason this particular Christian sect claims to be scientific is because it purports to have uncovered Jesus’ laws, truths so powerful and immutable, they are said to be scientific.
I am reminded of something the speaker said earlier. “The body can’t resist great ideas.” Mine…
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I would reply about two things. The Confirmation Bias affects all of us if we like it or not. I just read a scientific study that shows that people get married who have ‘similar’ DNA. They are unaware of their similar DNA. It’s a type of unconscious Confirmation Bias. We like people who are like us.
The other thing is the science aspect of Christian Science. Herein is the trouble with Christian Science in a nutshell IMHO. Just for the record, there have been packets of individuals in Christian Science with scientific backgrounds and who desired to carry some of their background into Christian Science. History repeated itself and religion has won out over an exploration of the science side to Christian Science. Christian Science would look a whole lot different had there been a balance of Science, Theology, and Medicine.
So how does one objectively study the impact/effects of prayer without the possible impact of the placebo effect? I’m open to a guest post on the topic, I’d love to hear more.
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