Christian Science is a Cult

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of kindism.org. Christian Science is a cult, not occult1, a cult. Some of you will probably stop reading now, or will immediately start composing comments that Christian Science is NOT A CULT. Cool. If you’re not ready to call Christian Science a cult, that’s okay … Continue reading Christian Science is a Cult

normalization

Mommy, what is that line on your chin? A scar.How did you get it?I fell off a scooter. Then what happened?I got up, walked about fifty yards back to the house and Grandma sat me on the kitchen counter and cleaned me up a bit. I had a huge band aid on my chin for … Continue reading normalization

Why I’m doing this (reposted from The Ex-Christian Scientist)

Back in April I wrote my personal mission statement for The Ex-Christian Scientist. My work there, and having a life beyond my Ex-CS activities, are part of the reason I'm on hiatus for the summer. I thought I would share it with you here, and encourage you to visit The Ex-Christian Scientist if you have not already done so. I … Continue reading Why I’m doing this (reposted from The Ex-Christian Scientist)

Launching www.ExChristianScience.com

I'd like to share with you an exciting new resource for those who are doubting, questioning, leaving or have left Christian Science. A group of former members of the Christian Science Church have launched a new website designed as a resource for people who have left or are considering leaving the Christian Science faith. Christian Science (not to be confused with Scientology) … Continue reading Launching www.ExChristianScience.com

1989 Measles at Principia Upper School – a first hand account

The following guest post is a a first hand account of the 1989 measles outbreak at the Principia Upper School. What were your experiences with CS nursing while at Prin during the measles outbreak? How did they diagnose it since they're trained to see disease as unreal & contagion as just as unreal? This measles epidemic … Continue reading 1989 Measles at Principia Upper School – a first hand account

God’s Perfect Child – a few thoughts from Bacon

The following is a review of "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church" by infrequent guest contributor Bacon. My own thoughts (and a section-by-section break down) of GPC will follow in good time.  "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church" one reaction to Caroline Fraser's work of … Continue reading God’s Perfect Child – a few thoughts from Bacon

The Slut Shaming, Sex-Negative Message in the Virgin Birth—It’s Worth a Family Conversation

I had Sunday School teachers who insisted that Christian Science takes the “inspired” word of the Bible, and that the stories were “allegorical.” The virgin birth story (inspired allegory or not) always made me a bit uncomfortable. See also, http://valerietarico.com/2014/12/09/the-not-so-virgin-birth-of-the-christmas-story/ on how Jesus’ birth became more virginal and miraculous.

AwayPoint

Christmas - AnnunciationThe birth story of baby Jesus celebrates the promise of new life, but for girls it also sends a harmful message. How can we acknowledge this without spoiling the rest?

Most Americans, even many who are not very religious, look forward to Christmas as a time to celebrate warmth, friendship, generosity and good cheer. Familiar festivities weave together stories and traditions from many cultures, which makes it easy to find something for everyone. But maybe it’s time to look a little closer at the Christmas story itself.

The birth story of the baby Jesus is heartwarming and iconic—the promise of new life and new hope in a time of darkness. It has inspired centuries of maternal art and is the best loved of all Bible stories. It also has a darker subtext, especially for someone like me—the mother of two daughters.

In the story, an angel appears to a virgin…

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