Dear Mr Jeremy Clarkson…a Tom Cruise clarification…!

Among other things (like mulling cider brewed by monks as a way of “engaging with their neighbours”!) The One Show on BBC 1 on Friday (December 10) featured Chris Evans and Alex Jones bantering back and forth with Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

An Autumn episode of the car enthusiast programme featured Tom Cruise racing against Cameron Diaz, so Chris Evans asked Jeremy Clarkson if he had heard from Tom since.  Jeremy had indeed received a letter in which, he jested, Tom had asked him to become…

A Christian Scientologist!  That got a lot of laughs.

This blog is in favour of humour!  So picture this clarification being written with a chuckle….

Christian Scientology does not exist. Scientology without the Christian bit does exist and Tom Cruise (and John Travolta) swear by its teachings, authored by one L.Ron Hubbard, which is their prerogative.

Christian Science, on the other hand, exists and is neither of the above, and has nothing to do with Scientology.  It is a very spiritual understanding of the Scriptures which zeroes in on the promise of Jesus that those who live in accord with his teachings can experience – and share with their neighbours – the practical fruits of God-healing, not just temporal solace.  Its teachings are laid out for anyone to read in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (written by its founder, Mary Baker Eddy) which really is “top gear” for those wishing to understand the Bible, find spiritual and physical healing, learn how to help others in need…and wishing to know how to go from 0 to 60mph in 30 seconds without owning a BMW.  Okay, that last one is an exaggeration…!

Mr Cruise has on a number of occasions stated that people can bring whatever religious belief they want to the study of Scientology and so, he says, you can be a Christian Scientologist, a Jewish Scientologist, a Hindu Scientologist.  So that might be where Jeremy Clarkson picked up that phrase…

I have often enjoyed Tom Cruise’s film star talents.  But for those of us who are striving to love our neighbours in a non-mulled way – by introducing them to “primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (as Mary Baker Eddy once described Christian Science) – I have just got to say…Mr Cruise such confusing religious prefixes are not helpful, as Mr Clarkson has proved! :)

On the other hand, it was a good edition of Top Gear!

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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