100 years on: ideas that still challenge the status quo!

Poached – with permission! 🙂 – from a blog by fellow Committee Bob Clark, Florida, is the following comment on Mary Baker Eddy published in World Religions in America*. Professor Dell deChant from the University of South Florida, who offers this thought-provoking insight:

“What Mary Baker Eddy did was directly and emphatically challenge the status quo of American culture. In both her religious teachings and in their practical application she called into question the authority of two of America’s most venerable institutions—religion and medicine. In matters of religion she challenged both male dominance and the social power of male-dominated religions; in matters of medicine she challenged the belief that medical institutions hold a monopoly on healing. Even more, and perhaps even more fundamentally, Eddy challenged one of the most primary presuppositions of the modern secular West—the material basis of reality” (p. 193).

With gratitude for such a succinct scholarly summary, I would also ask if it isn’t fair to say, as we approach 100 years since Mary Baker Eddy‘s passing (in early December) that “Her ideas directly and emphatically challenge the global status quo. Both her religious teachings and their practical application call into question the authority of two of the world’s most venerable institutions—religion and medicine. In matters of religion her ideas still challenge both male dominance and the social power of male-dominated religions; in matters of medicine her ideas still challenge the belief that medical institutions hold a monopoly on healing. Even more, and perhaps even more fundamentally, Eddy’s ideas still challenge one of the most primary presuppositions of the modern secular West—the material basis of reality.”

Anyone can take up the challenge…voiced in these words of the Founder of Christian Science and author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (with emphasis added), “You can prove for yourself, dear reader, the Science of healing, and so ascertain if the author has given you the correct interpretation of Scripture.” (p. 547)

Please feel free to comment if you have had healing proof that Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas continue to overturn the status quo in matters of:

(1) male dominance and the social power of male-dominated religions;

(2) medicine and the belief medical institutions hold a monopoly on healing;

(3) the material basis of reality…!

*World Religions in America, Jacob Neusner, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2000.

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. 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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2 Comments on “100 years on: ideas that still challenge the status quo!”

  1. Courtenay Rule
    November 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I’ve definitely had healing proof in my own life that Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas overturn the status quo when it comes to the material (or not-so-material) basis of reality. At your kind invitation, Tony, here’s a link to an article I had published recently on the topic: http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcomarticle/Oct2010/1288195100.xml&ElementName=A%20life%20transformed

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