The short version
- About Kat: Kat is a former Christian Scientist, Principia College graduate, and full-time Domestic Goddess/Engineer. In addition to thinking critically about Christian Science, she enjoys long walks in the woods (usually with her kids), long walks on the beach (usually with her kids), and dark romantic comedies (after the kids have gone to bed). Depending on the day, she believes in the Celestial Teapot, the Sparkly Pink Unicorn, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. For more about Kat and her critical/thought provoking musings on Christian Science, religion, philosophy and occasionally parenting, you can visit her site, Kindism.org
A little bit more
Mary Baker Eddy is famously quoted for saying “The time for thinkers has come.” Which is great, unless you’re thinking critically about Christian Science.
Growing up my father encouraged me to think, read widely on a variety of topics, and write. When I got to college I studied a wide range of subjects and I had a professor who encouraged me to write. When I got engaged we started a blog and my MIL encouraged me to write. Now I’m writing, but I’m not sure this is quite what they had in mind.
I’m OK with that.
I’m writing about what I know, what I’ve learned, what I’ve discovered, and what I feel. Writing helps me to clarify my thoughts, and after so many years of being told how to believe I have a lot of thoughts to clarify. Up until a few years ago I was a mostly, somewhat practicing Christian Scientist, the birth of my first child shook my faith, but I held on to a few remaining strands of hope that somehow I could make CS work for me.
Then I read the Bible. I’m not sure where Mary Baker Eddy got Science and Health, but I suspect we did not read the same book. The God I encountered in the Bible was not loving, or kind, or all-knowing, or even particularly nice. I can’t bring myself to believe in that God.
Ms. Eddy has assigned seven synonyms to “God,” they are Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Principle and Mind. While I can’t bring myself to believe in “God” I feel these synonyms can be reassigned to some other, vague, possible Higher Power (if one exists).
I believe Ms. Eddy’s ideas are dangerously outdated. Christian Science should not be about suffering until one prays “properly” for healing, nor should one feel compelled to “radically rely” on prayer alone.
I do not feel one should be compelled to stay within the confines of any one religious or theological doctrine. The world has many religions and many have something to offer. People should feel free to explore other ideas about God/higher beings/the absence of God/the nature of life, and put together their own system of beliefs instead of simply reciting what has been told to them by their parents or religious elders.
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