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Craig Beardsley

Thanks for a slice of early institutional history. One of the aspects of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College that has always stood out to me is the fact that it had its day, fufilled its mission, was dissolved at that most critical 1889-1892 time period of reorganization, and that its charter basis was revoked by the state shortly thereafter--a circumstance that made for fertile ground, like so much other CS history, for the opinionated, pro and con.

I'll take my own advice from the last post and select a narrow topic that might have appeal for both those interested in the history of the movement and those who expressed interest in the speculative issue posed by that last post. I'd like to see both "camps" merge, and maybe certain issues span interest on both sides of the aisle. So I'll borrow an idea from this current post, the idea of healing the sinner, on which Mrs. Eddy was big. She stated that healing sin is more difficult than healing sickness because the sick are uncomfortable with their lot in life while the sinning may be quite comfortable indeed.

Recent headlines regarding the Supreme Court wrestling with the year's most difficult right-to-speech issue have been tied to the case of (Albert) Synder v. Westboro Baptist Church. That a segment of Christians find it proper to stage an anti-gay protest by celebrating the death of fellow Americans in the name of renouncing what is therein regarded as sin gives me pause. Jesus asked who among the throng that was ready to stone the adulteress was without sin--and that they were convicted by their own conscience, the eldest (wisest) first even unto the last. How do Margie and Jonathan Phelps deal with this section of the New Testament?

Healing occurs when we get out of the way and discover how to "be" rather than how to "do." Healing occurs when desire to see healing occur--as a natural manifestation of being, not a change that we'd prefer to see happen--results when unselfed love is expressed, without qualification and judgement. So--if we were to be a student in Mrs. Eddy's class--would we be out of line to suggest that the healing of sin is something that might be potentially problematic?


Thanks Craig. It is hard to know how to deal with the extremists, purported Christians, who would protest with hate speech outside of a funeral of a soldier, and it is a great question how they deal with the simple yet profound example set by Jesus with the adulteress. I have often thought how the world would be different if everyone adhered to "A Rule for Motives and Acts."

Mrs. Eddy's focus on sin is perhaps less popular in today's society where moral relativeness is so popular. Everyone wants to be healed physically but not everyone wants to give up sin, as we know.

Bliss Knapp

Keith, thank you for such a wonderful balance of your blog. Light and heavy a little something for everyone. I am wondering if you have an "essentials" list in your head of non CSPS books that every Christian Scientist should have. With maybe a little blurb on why each particular book is such.


Thanks, Bliss. I don't know that I have in my mind a list of books that every Christian Scientist should have outside of the traditional books. On the other hand, if you limit that to the books that someone deeply interested in Christian Science history would want to have or at least reference, I will think about that. There are interesting titles that come to mind so perhaps I can make that a post of its own. Thanks for the idea!

Bliss Knapp

it's own post would be fantastic. There are so many books out there that i've been introduced to recently from this site and my own research. thank you. BK

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