If Mary Baker Eddy’s “Manual” were Obeyed
Wright, Helen M. If Mary Baker Eddy’s “Manual” were Obeyed. Self, 1989.
Wright views herself as a dissenter against decisions made by the Christian Science Board of Directors who tried to preserve the copyright control of Science and Health after the copyright expiration. This third and expanded edition of Wright’s self-published warning against what she claims is the disobedience of the Board, includes a copy of the legally upheld decision against the copyright. Her greatest concern is that the Directors have disobeyed the estoppel clauses in the Church Manual by perpetuating ecclesial authoritarianism. By failing to terminate the five-member Christian Science Board of Directors (as she interprets the estoppel clauses), the Board has stifled “the freedom of every Christian Scientist to be instructed by Science, and to enjoy self-government free from personal interference or outside control” (1). The resulting ecclesiasticism, she argues, has “sabotaged each and every one of these God-inspired provisions for the continuity of the Christian Science movement…” (9). Freeing Science and Health from the copyright restrictions is “not less significant or less important than the actual physical resurrection of Jesus in the first appearing” (xiv). Released from the control of the Church, the book is now free to fulfill the prophecy in Revelation 13 that the two witnesses (Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health) may become one divine message.
ISBN-13 (Softcover): 978-0960464883
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