The Christian Science Mistake
Mary Baker Eddy, the supposed Discoverer and Founder of the Christian Science sect was a repressed woman who was denied a good education by her dominating father. As a child, she had fainting fits, chronic indigestion, and auditory experiences, all brought about by her struggle to obtain recognition from a strictly Protestant and overbearing father. Her father tried to break her will by harsh punishment.
She was so sickly she had to be tutored at home, and since there was not a whole lot of career choices for women during the 1840’s, got married and widowed, got remarried and divorced, and had her one child removed from her care and sent away for twenty years.
While she was single she boarded with various families for four years, and was asked to leave by every one of those host families on account of her combative and argumentative nature. The Chinese symbol for trouble is “Two women under one roof”. So Mary did not play well with others.
When she was married for the third time, she had a back injury due to a fall and her husband tried to get her to sue the city, but it never came to fruition.
The doctor who attended her injury said that she was never in a critical condition. Her “miraculous cure” came about because she got tired of malingering, and decided to exploit the religious fervor of the times, and claimed that reading the Bible healed her.
This is a favorite ploy of semi educated people who want attention, fame and fortune. Being a woman, writing was one way of exploiting the religious fears of the community, and garnering all the fame and fortune she could want.
Her claim of using science as her guide to the cures in the Bible is patent nonsense. She had no concept of what a scientific principal was, and only parroted the ongoing technical terms of the Industrial Revolution.
To be scientific, one must be able to prove out a theory by repeated results of tests run under controlled conditions.
The results must be replicable and the end product identical.
Her science consisted of here-say, and anecdotes from hysterical people thinking that their physical ailments were cured by prayer.
This hold true to this day in the modern literature. A little girl gets her thumb caught in a car door, and has her parent pray over it. She goes swimming in a hotel pool, and presto- chango the thumb is all better!
My son got his fingers slammed in a Volvo door and he cried a lot, we did not pray, but hey after a while presto- chango- all better!
Mary Baker Eddy claims that she went through the Bible and found all the stories of healing, but she left out mentioning all the nasty parts, like God commanding the razing of whole villages, slaughtering children, burning witches, pimping out daughters to strangers, and more juicy bits.
This is cherry picking, and makes the whole Bible thing suspect.
To compare anecdotal material and science is like comparing apples and oranges.
I doubt if praying over a severed limb every “healed” it like a lizard losing a tail and growing it back.
If praying would heal, then there would be no cancer, or cirrhosis of the liver, no AIDS or Ebola
That is the first thing anybody does when they have to have tests to confirm positive or negative results for a disease I doubt if anybody’s prayers were answered when they prayed for a miraculous cure.
People get ill and get well again for many reasons. Hysteria, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and hives all come and go without drugs or prayers. Sometimes all is needed is a good night’s sleep.
The anecdotes quoted in Mary Baker Eddy’s works do not prove the existence of an invisible,
Omnipotent entity listening to our pleadings and prayers, or directing our lives.
There is a reason for the separation of government and religion, as a claim of science directing religion makes it seem advisable to direct government through religious terms.
Claiming to have a scientific religion is the height of mendacity.
Christian Science Mistake
The Christian Science Mistake