Thursday, November 30, 2006

Most Influential Americans

Atlantic Magazine has posted its list of the 100 most influential Americans of all time. On the list?

#52 Joseph Smith - founder of Mormonism
# 74 Brigham Young - later Mormon leader
# 86 Mary Baker Eddy - founder of Christian Science, the religion that states that Smith, Young and the rest of us are just an illusion.

Too bad they weren't a positive influence.

3 Comments:

At December 02, 2006 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christian Science DOES NOT state that human beings are an illusion.

if it did, of course it would be ridiculous.

you might try honestly finding out something about someone else's religion before you start making comments.

Verndigger

 
At December 03, 2006 6:15 PM, Blogger The Heresy Hunter said...

I was waiting for that. Science and Health 335:7-25 and 447:27-28 teacher that matter, sin, and sickness are not real, but only illusions.

 
At January 10, 2007 3:07 PM, Blogger Verndigger said...

S&H 335:7-25
XVIII. Spirit, God, has created all in and of Himself. Spirit never created matter. There is nothing in Spirit out of which matter could be made,for, as the Bible declares, without the Logos,
the Aeon or Word of God, "was not anything made that was made." Spirit is the only substance, the invisible and indivisible infinite God. Things spiritual and
eternal are substantial. Things material and temporal are insubstantial.
XIX. Soul and Spirit being one, God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. Nothing but Spirit, Soul, can evolve Life, for Spirit is more than all else. Because Soul is immortal, it does not exist in mortality. Soul must be ncorporeal to be Spirit, for Spirit is not finite. Only by losing the false
sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as
immortality brought to light.

S&H 447:27 The sick are not healed merely by declaring there is no sickness, but by knowing that
there is none.

hmmmm.... I see nothing in the above directly supportig your statement.

the first paragraph states that Spirit (God) is the only substance, and that therefore matter, the opposite of Spirit, cannot be substantial.

and the second paragraph states the oneness of Soul and Spirit, both being synonyms for God.

HOWEVER, in your latest post, your statement that CS teaches that matter sin and sickness are *ultimately* unreal, therefore are illusions, is correct.

but I repeat my original claim that nowhere in any of Mary Baker Eddy's writings is it stated that humans or humanity are illusion.

in fact, S&H 258:21 says: The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and
God."

regarding the illusionary nature of matter, you might like to update yourself on what physicists (and some other sciences also) are saying about the nature of matter.

so I stand by my original statement, and hope that you will be honest enough to retract your incorrect statement about Christian Science.

cheers,

Verndigger

 

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