Christian Science Today: Power, Policy, Practice
Braden, Charles S. Christian Science Today: Power, Policy, Practice. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1959.
Braden sought and was denied “unrestricted use of… the Archives of the Mother Church” (ix). Therefore, most information seems to have come from “two or three dozen top-ranking teachers whose instruction I have perused” (106). Part I includes a fairly standard recap of where Mary Baker Eddy got her ideas, peppered with information from Bancroft, Dakin, Dittemore, Dresser and Haushalter, where Braden concludes that the recent response to the Lieber document by Moehlman regarding accusations of undocumented borrowing and plagiarism had “proved unconvincing” (34). Part II constitutes more than half of the book, focusing on the struggle for and abuses of power, through and after the ‘Great Litigation’ (the Church’s internal battle), by detailing a dozen current and former practitioners and teachers who had produced writings “regarded as offensive” (129) to the Christian Science Board of Directors. Part III identifies inconsistencies in Science and Health and class teaching, including explanations of the Eustace years and publishing “Kimballism” (309) which, while not authorized, was accepted. Braden’s omission of the successful ‘practices’ of Sunday schools, lectures, Reading Rooms, and The Christian Science Monitor in 1959 may account for his apparent puzzling over how “the church has come to be respected” (10) as shown by the growth evidenced in his charts.
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 9780835788465
For more on Moehlman, see also annotations:
For more on Eustace, see also annotations:
See additional annotations on the Great Litigation:
See additional annotation on Plagairism:
Annotations related by category:
- Availability: Library or Purchase
- Controversy: Great Litigation
- Controversy: Plagiarism
- Official Christian Science Publication: No
- People: Dakin, Edwin Franden
- People: Dittemore, John V.
- People: Kimball, Edward
- Publication Date: 1956-1980
- Resource Types: Book
- Subjects: Christian Science History after 1910
- Subjects: Independent Christian Scientists
- Subjects: Science and Health Book