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About the Guest Contributors
- Bacon – was raised in Christian Science and stayed with it until quite recently. An enthusiastic and voracious reader, non-fiction appealed to Bacon, who realized that the Bible was really a horrible thing when taken literally, and a very contradictory text as well. Bacon preferred Science and Health for its poetic feel that did not rely on parables. It seemed almost a whimsical snapshot of MBE’s time, when put in historical context.
- EG (aka Emerging Gently) – is a former Christian Scientist (a lifer–born and raised in it). A Principia College graduate/survivor, he is still amazed at how long he stayed in Christian Science, only having “emerged” from it recently. When he is not writing critically (and sometimes sarcastically) about Christian Science on Kindism or his own blog, Emerging Gently (he thinks Science and Health is the most eloquent example there is of someone saying the same thing over and over again for 600 pages, using the most complex run-on sentences–like this one he’s written here), or slaving away at his day job, and making sure the cat is fed, EG can be found throwing himself down the local slopes on skis in the winter, or on a mountain bike in the summer (see, you had to read this sentence at least twice to understand it, admit it). He also likes kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking, photography, cooking, long walks on the beach at sunset, and a cold beverage at the end of a long day. If sarcasm were beauty, he would be a male supermodel.
- Joseph Woodbury III – I live in London, and came into CS voluntarily when I was twelve. My once-Catholic parents were unperturbed by my attending the CS Sunday school, as that was the nearest church of any denomination to our house. The church was also a magnificent example of arts and crafts design, and is frequently mentioned favourably in works on British architecture of the early twentieth century. I have never been a member of the CS Church, but ever since Sunday school have always maintained an unhealthy interest in its vicissitudes. My interest is rather less in the religion, and more in the people who were attracted to it – especially in the early period; my two big heroines are Augusta “I can demonstrate money” Stetson, and Josephine “Virgin Mother” Woodbury. While an active and prominent member of Mrs. Eddy’s coterie in Boston, Josephine brought forth a man-child that she claimed was engendered by the power of thought, and called him the Prince of Peace. Mrs. Eddy denounced and excommunicated her from the pulpit, denominating the Boston babe an Imp of Satan. I am the spiritual heir of the Imp of Satan, hence my proud nom de plume Joseph Woodbury III.
- Mr. Spock – Mr. Spock is a highly logical man frustratingly lost in a sea of illogical humanity. He is a former Christian Scientist who saw the light and realized there is not one shred of logic to be found in Christian Science. He is a graduate of Principia College. When not toiling away for the “man” at his day job, he can be found paddling in his kayak on a lake, crashing through the woods on his mountain bike, or hurtling down snow-covered mounain slopes in the winter (on skis). He also enjoys a quality beer on a hot day, and intelligent conversation. He revels in the reality of matter, the wonders of REAL science and evidence-based medicine, and is slowly learning to embrace the wide spectrum of human emotions that Christian Science once denied him. Sometimes, he finds himself crying for no apparent reason…
- Patient #5 – Patient #5 spent over 20 years involved with the Christian Science faith out of default. From the first remembered experience at a local Sunday School at around the age of 4 Patient #5 had strong internal feelings of not being able to relate to the religion on any level but parental pressures forced a course of continued involvement. This path persisted throughout early life as experiences included forced weekly church attendance, Cedars Camp, and finally Principia College. After graduating from the college in the 1980’s Patient #5 had experienced enough and completely abandoned the religion and any of its affiliations. 30 years later, Patient #5 has come to the strong conclusion that Christian Science has many disturbing cult like tendencies that keep its members from having open minds or the logic to deal with important physical issues. Although Patient #5 ultimately chose a course of abandoning all organized religion, certain religious concepts have been retained – one in particular from the Buddhist faith is the law of Karma. Looking now at Christian Science’s countless empty, closed or closing churches and continued failed member replacement it appears quite clear to Patient #5 that the law of Karma is fully engaged.
- realscience – realscience (yes, this is intentionally in lower case) is a former Christian Scientist, Principia College graduate, and recently retired after 30-plus years as a technical writer at one of our nation’s nuclear laboratories. He was so upset at reading about Principia’s new “Institute for the Metaphysics of Physics” that he actually sat down and wrote something.
- Rogue Sheep – Rogue Sheep was raised as a Christian Scientist, went to a Christian Science summer camp, and attended Principia Upper School and College. She made her break from Christian Science in 2005 and there has been much trial and error since then. Over the years she became comfortable in her secular lifestyle and didn’t give Christian Science much thought, let alone think about searching for ex-Christian Scientist support groups or blogs. But that changed recently. And now she wants to share her stories of figuring out how to navigate the medical world with the hope that it might help someone else who feels just as clueless as she did.
- the Vicomte de Chagny – the Vicomte is a former Christian Scientist & Principia College graduate. He is grateful to Prin for helping him hone his critical thinking and writing skills, nurturing his natural desire to be involved in as many activities as possible, and giving him a solid foundation on which to build a CS-free life. (He occasionally appreciates the irony in that.) When not writing guest posts for Kindism.org, he writes a lot of other things under a number of other names. He likes long hot showers, ice-cold beverages, and the feeling of removing his shoes at the end of a long day – because really, everyone likes those things.