In “fathermothergod,” Lucia Greenhouse chronicles her “journey out of Christian Science”


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  1. Dear Courtney,

    I did have quite a lot I wanted to comment on, but might I just leave you with three thoughts about the book and this article:

    1.  This is one person’s perspective, Greenwood’s, but how, in your opinion, did it get to be “a strong case against Christian Science”, when there are thousands of Christian Scientists and others who have had outstanding healings through prayer.

    2.  You said you didn’t know anything about Christian Science, except the Reading Rooms, before reading Greenhouse’s book.  Why not go to the source and read the book upon which Christian Science is based, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures?

    3.  If one were to read current medical articles and listen to interviews with physicians (these are on newscasts every week) about the dangers of certain medicines, wrong diagnoses, and tests that are causing more problems than they seem to be curing, one would label medicine a “dangerous” discipline and be afraid to use its system.

    I am sorry to say that I do not consider this responsible reporting, and I think it leads your readers down the path which this nation is trying to avoid – harsh judgment and criticism of those things of which they know little about.


  2. Thanks Kathy for this comment.

    One of the things that a Christian Scientist is trying to do is reflect their true spiritual identity, which means working to heal a material condition by looking past that condition to the mental cause. A changed thought inevitably leads to healing. But Christian Science never promotes doing nothing. If healing does not occur, then other means of help should be employed.

    I think it is really interesting that for people employing medical means to alleviate suffering, problems that have not been resolved are not questioned. But when someone states that they are using prayer for healing, then everything about themselves is supposed to be perfect! (An example is the question – but why are you wearing glasses if you pray for healing?)

    But really everyone is working toward healing, through whichever means they feel works the best for them. And isn’t it great that even if someone doesn’t understand Christian Science, they still have access to prayer whenever they need it?

  3. I resent Christian Scientists being apologists for their blind faith. It is time to come clean on the many children (and adults) who have been physically (sometimes fatally) and emotionally harmed by this religion. If adult Christian Scientists gain personal meaning form it, they shoud not be denied that, but, the fact is, the church has kept criminally quiet about the untold cases of child suffering and death. That is one reason I wrote about religious child maltreatment. Failing to acknowledge these realities is akin to Catholic Church officials failing to report cases of clergy-perpetrated child sexual abuse.

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