“Christian Science: Its Continuity; Part I—The Landmarks of Science; Part II—Christian Science: 1910–1922.”
Christian Science Foundation, The. “Christian Science: Its Continuity; Part I—The Landmarks of Science; Part II—Christian Science: 1910–1922.” Elmdon, U.K.: Christian Science Foundation. 2013.
This 61-page report attempts to explain why Christian Science has failed to grow and prosper as its founder predicted. The Foundation claims that failure has been caused by a faulty Church organization that has been improperly governing since the death of Mary Baker Eddy, primarily because of the assumption of complete authority by the self-perpetuating five-member Christian Science Board of Directors, their interpretation of the Church Manual, and the presumed need for a church organization at all. The report contends that the Church structure should have ended and become a “spiritual organization.” As evidence for their argument, they review the changing organizational structure of Christian Science during its founder’s lifetime, and present evidence from the writings of Eddy, from legal filings in a 1921 dispute over authority within the Church, and from a 1920 Committee on General Welfare report issued by the Christian Science Board of Directors in an attempt to defuse the legal action.
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Annotations related by category:
- Availability: Online - Free
- Controversy: Church Manual
- Official Christian Science Publication: No
- Organizations: The First Church of Christ, Scientist
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- Publication Date: 2011-2020
- Resource Types: Conference Papers, Reports, and Manuscripts
- Subjects: Church Manual, Governance, Leadership
- Subjects: Independent Christian Scientists