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Oh boy, oh joy, time again to round out the facts concerning seminal textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first written by Mary Baker Eddy in the 19th century.
A statement from the leaders of First Church of Christ, Scientist, has been brought to my attention. Their statement, found in the 2014 July edition of The Christian Science Journal, answers the question: “Should Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures be changed to keep up with the times?”
The Q&A appears to be one-sided. Therefore, I would like to offer another viewpoint.
I would also like to defend Mary Baker Eddy. The answer given by the church leaders immodestly speaks for Mary Baker Eddy as if they personally know what she is thinking or would say.
Speaking on behalf of someone not present grates the reader’s senses, both physically and spiritually, and there is nothing wrong with figuring out why.
Mary Baker Eddy authored the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to explain what she termed Christian Science, a.k.a. divine Science, the Science of Christ, spiritual Science, or Christ Science. She revised her book hundreds of times until her death in 1910. Basically, she changed her words numerous times while keeping the complete explanation of Christian Science intact.
Mary Baker Eddy’s published book can’t be changed, but it can be updated and published as a new version with the new author/authors name/names. To advance Christian Science as presented by Mrs. Eddy, revisionists have interpretations of Eddy’s writings to work with, and God. Quite enough.
For the last one hundred years, people have been interpreting Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. Every conversation, every lecture, every article or testimony, every answer, encompassing the subjects of Science and Health and Christian Science involves interpretation. Thinkers, practitioners, teachers, and lecturers, and church leaders, repeat in their own words, what they interpret in Eddy’s writings.
I myself interpret Eddy’s writings, literally and spiritually. The spiritual interpretation inspires the clearest literal interpretation, whether read or written. The spiritual interpretation frees us from the belief that a human being was perfect. Mary Baker Eddy made mistakes and more importantly, she corrected them.
The spiritual interpretation also disallows us from establishing the unwritten church commandment: Thou shalt not read any other Science and Health but Mrs. Eddy’s.
I understand the feeling of being healed after receiving an inspiration while reading a book, however over-emphasis stressing the claim that “reading Science and Health heals” gives the wrong impression to readers ill-equipped to understand the meaning. Who wouldn’t love to simply read a book and be healed? But this is not the case.
To write as though Christian Science and a book is the same thing misleads readers. Christian Science involves metaphysical rules, like mathematics, and mathematics is not in a math book, no matter how clearly that math book teaches how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply. Reading a math book won’t solve math problems.
On another note: oftentimes Mary Baker Eddy is quoted, a habit that fragments Science and Health.
Therefore, to express the usefulness and wholeness of Science and Health, I’ve published the book 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, now in its 5th edition. I’ve discovered that paraphrasing the letter assists the reader in focusing on the spirit of divine Science.