Christian Science Re-Explored: A Challenge to Original Thinking
Laird, Margaret. Christian Science Re-Explored: A Challenge to Original Thinking. Los Angeles: Margaret Laird Foundation, 1971.
Laird outlines her shifting relationship to Christian Science, beginning with her gratitude for her mother’s healing, through her own spiritual growth with her Christian Science Teacher, Bicknell Young, and finally to her agreement with the Christian Science Board of Directors that her own role as an authorized Teacher of Christian Science was no longer a correct representation of the Church. The title of this, Laird’s seventh self-published book, written after leaving the Christian Science Church, reflects her journey of ‘re-exploring’ the Science of Christian Science. First articulated by Mary Baker Eddy, the ‘Science’ that Laird re-explores, ought to lead one out and beyond the Bible and the Christian Science organization, Laird claims. “I realized that my thinking was no longer oriented to Christian theology but was taking the path of Science. I did not adore Jesus, he meant nothing to me, nor did my heart overflow with gratitude for what he did for mortals. He was not my Christ…” (xxxv). Laird describes her book as “a statement of the subjective existence of all objectivity. Christian Science is not that which discerns the spiritual fact about what the material senses behold” (xi), but “Mind and its infinite manifestation is what is happening” (xii).
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-1441568533
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