The following is a response to bemused inquiries I have received…!
This is a Christian Scientist’s blog…
Like many wonderful web sites produced and published by individuals devoted to forwarding interest in, and encouraging thoughtful uptake of, the spiritual healing practice of Christian Science it is sometimes accompanied by internet advertising.
We don’t profit from that advertising, except insofar as it is what helps to keep down the costs of the platform on which we blog…down to zero in fact! (Thank you, WordPress!)
We don’t have any say in what advertising we attract either. But as our blog sails across the ocean of cyberspace to claim a berth in your e-hearts (thank YOU!) ads of all stripes might come alongside like little tugboats accompanying us into harbour…
And I guess that whoever (or whatever?) programmes the “tugboat” schedule thinks Christian Science and Scientology sound pretty much alike and links them together. So ads for the group that launched a million personality tests often end up accompanying us on our travels to your (digital) hearth, even though Christian Science and Scientology are not alike.
Now, there are many ways in which Scientology and Christian Science differ – think Tom Cruise and John Travolta versus Val Kilmer and Ginger Rogers…L.Ron Hubbard versus Mary Baker Eddy…Dianetics versus divine Science…”you can be a Jewish Scientologist, a Hindu Scientologist or a Christian Scientologist” (Tom Cruise) versus “God is at once the centre and circumference of being” (Mrs Eddy, as she is affectionately known)…to name a few.
And when it comes to testing personality, here is the result of Mrs Eddy’s own self-assessment – spoken with her Victorian wit, but at the same time making a serious point. She said: “My own corporeal personality afflicteth me not wittingly; for I desire never to think of it, and it cannot think of me.”
In Christian Science, cherishing one’s own – and everyone else’s –
God-given spiritual individuality is a key to healing, although doing
so fully is, admittedly, often a work in progress.
So please don’t get confused by ad neighbours who might sometimes
accompany us on our cyber voyage…because on the journey of mankind’s
spiritual progress, Christian Science and Scientology are as ships passing in the night…so when your (Christian Science) ship comes in, you can sweetly let those travelling tugboats sail back out to cyber-sea to link up with another vessel on its way to some other port of call.
On the other hand, if you were doing a search for Scientology and ended up on our blog site – well they are here – but while you are passing through, hey, why not have a look around…! 🙂