I recently had a series of long chat with a dear friend from my time at Prin. These are some of my thoughts from that. By sharing this, I hope to shed light on Principia the institution, which touts the low student-teacher and student-staff ratios as a reason for attending. Please do not shame the … Continue reading Reflections on the Prin Bubble
Former Christian Scientists in their own words, unplugged, and uncensored. Gripping reading I tell you, and very close to home.
An interesting discussion thread emerged in one of the ex-Christian Scientist Facebook groups. A friend thought it might be fun to share some of that discussion with a wider audience, and I agree. I now share with you, dear readers, former Christian Scientists in their own words, unplugged, and uncensored.
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An outsiders account of a Christian Science Service. Very insightful.
I arrived early, accompanying the friend of a friend who serves as summer vocalist. I had the opportunity to observe the two lay readers, the organist and the vocalist, all female, put final touches on the 10 am service.
I sat in the small, unadorned worship center, which would seat 100 comfortably, and thumbed through the hymnal, noting that two of the songs for the day were not in the hymnal. I saw no other song book available. Although I was eventually greeted by an usher, the only person who spoke with me while I sat there, she did not offer a different hymn book or an order of service
I finally went to the back of the worship area and found a hymnal supplement. I asked…
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(1) It surprises some of my fellow former-Christian Scientists that while I have left the Mother Church, and no longer follow (or believe) in the teachings of Ms. Eddy, I continue to refrain from imbibing alcohol. I don't drink wine, beer, or cocktails. I don't enjoy vodka, tequila, or spirits. I've had a few sips … Continue reading look at all my trials & tribulations, sinking in a gentle pool of wine
Mary Baker Eddy talks a lot about "reality" and Man's True Spiritual Identity as a Child of God. Reality is even the title of one of the bi-yearly Weekly Bible Lesson topics. (1) Sunday School teachers were always trying to come up with analogies to explain the ever-present idea of the Adam Dream, the … Continue reading reclaiming Reality from Ms. Eddy’s Matrix
The fate vs. freewill discussion always fascinated me, it was one of the few discussions I enjoyed in my high school English class, and I was quite curious how it applied to Biblical lore: Adam and Eve had a choice to disobey God - I always found that poorly planned on God's part, but that … Continue reading Fate vs. Freewill: Did Jesus have a Choice?
The day after I mailed in my letter of voluntary withdrawal from The Mother Church I got junk mail from the same organization: Special Offer - 20% Savings! complete with the option to enroll in the Automatic Renewal Program. The pre-checked box said: YES! Please send me 12 issues of the Christian Science Quarterly Bible … Continue reading Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?