Christian Science: Lobbying It or Living It?

A Christian Scientists perspective on Congressional Lobbying over healthcare and exemptions for Christian Scientists. Beautifully put and well worth the read.

Adventures of the Madcap Christian Scientist

The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. 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. – Mary Baker Eddy.

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In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines “Church” as the “structure of Truth and Love” and says the role of Church is to rouse “the dormant understanding… to the apprehension of spiritual ideas…” 

Lately some members of the Christian Science church have been busy lobbying their politicians for exemptions for Christian Scientists from health insurance and laws regarding child neglect. And I’m sorry, but I have to ask – how is exempting Christian Scientists from health insurance laws and child neglect laws in any way going to help rouse anyone’s…

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What I’ve been reading: Totally Bogus Mushy Romantic Stuff

Awkward Valentines Cards Why you are single The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day 5 Reasons why I waited until 30 to marry 5 Reasons why I got engaged before 23 Happy Marriage The Eat, Pray, Love effect: Dreams of self-discovery are destroying marriage claims psychologist image via Facebook somewhere

What is The Mother Church’s policy on sexuality and membership?

A regular reader shared the following piece from the February 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal, the piece is part of The Christian Science Journal's columns "Your Questions & Answers" (1). The following is a screen shot from facebook group where the article was copied and pasted in full (2). I have also uploaded it … Continue reading What is The Mother Church’s policy on sexuality and membership?

An Open Letter to Debi Pearl

Growing up, I knew many Christian Science parents who followed ideas that mirrored those of in To Train Up A Child wrapped in other ideals, under the guise of “parent-led” decisions – strict scheduling, extreme sleep-training, boot-camp-style potty training and parent-led feeding of a nursing baby.

At the end of the day, you have to meet the child where they are, it is not a power struggle for dominance (although it may feel that way at 2 am when the little one refuses to sleep). This is something I’m still working on myself, I find I have to stop and remind myself, “they’re only little kids” not evil masterminds.

Instead of turning to books like My First 300 Babies or the Babywise series (both praised in the Christian Science community as excellent standards for parenting and must-have books), why not try Peaceful Parenting? Appropriately this link (http://peacefulparent.com/pitfalls-obedience-training/) is about the pitfalls of obedience training, something the (conservative) Christian community seems to relish.

Homeschoolers Anonymous

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HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy Feminism. It was originally published on Patheos on October 24, 2013.

Dear Debi,

I was very excited when I read your article of this past August, titled “The Roland Study.” In that article, you began with this opening paragraph:

My grandson Roland, who just turned one, has taught me more about the development of babies and toddlers than I learned my first sixty-plus years of life. It is not that he is such a fine teacher; it’s just that, now that I’m a grandmother, not responsible for meeting the daily needs of my children, I can seriously focus on what makes him tick:  how much he understands, what causes him joy or anxiety or fear, his interests and responses—and, most importantly, what a child is capable of learning at various ages.

I am…

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what I’ve been reading – thought provoking blog posts

I think my Sunday School teachers should be grateful that the internet wasn't as prevalent when I was in their classes... Or maybe I should be grateful, I suspect I would have had a LOT more conversations w/the Sunday School Superintendent. Not a fan of Jesus at Godless in Dixie Fascinating Womanhood: Pandora's Box at … Continue reading what I’ve been reading – thought provoking blog posts

what I’ve been reading – superstition, sex & creation

Narendra Dabholkar - Narendra Dabholkar, fighter against superstition, was killed on August 20th, aged 67Another Obamacare Win: Religious Birth Control Exemption Thrown Out by CourtMichigan Attorney General Schuette: Marriage is for regulating sexual relationships to make babiesChristians, Can We Drop This 'Creationism' Thing Already?Texas Textbook Hearing Incites Debate Over Whether Students Should Learn Creationism meme via … Continue reading what I’ve been reading – superstition, sex & creation