Overview of Chicago meeting

Below you will find comments and thoughts collected from two meetings in Chicago, February 18 & 19, 2014, while a group of truth seekers and students of Christian Science considered updating Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.

  • Why is there a decline in church membership when Christian Science can’t decline?
  • The purpose of Christian Science is to heal humankind but it must be presented usefully.
  • Science and Health needs to be easier to read for people unfamiliar with 19th century language.
  • References in Science and Health need to be relatable.
  • Footnotes are necessary so the book doesn’t look like plagiarism.
  • There is a difference between Christian Science and Church. Christian Science doesn’t revolve around church but church should revolve around divine Science.
  • Give people credit for being able to understand Science and Health and make their own translations when reading the book.
  • The Christian Science Publishing Society is already updating foreign texts in Science and Health.
  • Updating Science and Health protects the books integrity and progress.
  • The phrase, “if you read this book you will be healed,” is misleading.
  • We are students of Christian Science, rather than Christian Scientists.
  • Fear of change is based on the culture of a judging church.
  • Methods of communication have changed over the last century.
  • Old language turns readers away.
  • A revision of Science and Health isn’t for people who like Eddy’s version, but for other truth seekers.
  • Being afraid that Mary Baker Eddy will be displaced in status actually stops progress and can also build her up as an idol.
  • Word definitions change over time and actually change the meaning of Science and Health.
  • The Board of Directors at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, can appoint a committee to update Science and Health.
  • Can “church officials” reliably translate Eddy’s explanation of Christian Science without pushing an agenda?
  • Any update should contain the author, or authors, names. Never act as though we are speaking for Mrs. Eddy.
  • Look in the mirror to see what the problem is facing Christian Science today.
  • A huge decline in readership of Science and Health exists in the 21st century.
  • Be real, be honest, connect, love
  • Overcome fear.
  • Choose love.



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One thought on “Overview of Chicago meeting

  1. holly shulman March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply


    This should go on the Time4Thinkers forum
    Good job.

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