If you see a Scientology ad alongside this blog – please don’t get confused!

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!)

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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…! 🙂

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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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3 Comments on “If you see a Scientology ad alongside this blog – please don’t get confused!”

  1. Romee Hindle
    February 26, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Wow, that was good and loving. Thank you!

  2. February 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I suppose that confusion has its place if it leads people to consider a subject that they would never otherwise consider.

    We had an incident in Chicago that did just that. A psychic medium opened up a storefront with the following sign above it. “Christian Science Reading Room.” A Christian Scientist stopped in one day to discover a woman telling fortunes over a crystal ball.

    The Committee on Publication heard about it. The woman medium had never heard of the religion of Christian Science. She explained that she was a Christian. She believed what she was doing was a Science. Since she was doing readings, she was doing them in a Reading Room. Thus, Christian Science Reading Room.

    What this led to was her learning about Christian Science and also a number of people who heard the story of the “Reading Room” learned for the first time about Mary Baker Eddy as a woman discoverer of spiritual and scientific truths.

    So “sometimes” misplaced information can have an unexpected positive effect.

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