The Christian Science Paradox
Indeed, who certifies the perception of a truth that no one else has yet discovered? Moreover, can we trust the bearer of certificates to represent the truth?
Mary Baker Eddy evidently had to deal with this paradox, since she was dealing with a boundless science, rather than a limited and finite religion. It is easy to certify a student of a finite religion, by examining the extend of that person's understanding of the dogma. But in the absolute realm of Science, there exists no dogma. It is a postulate of science that today's highest hypothesis of truth may be superceded by a higher hypothesis tomorrow. While Mary Baker Eddy called her discovery of Christian Science the final revelation of the absolute divine Principles of scientific mental healing, she never said or suggested, that the unfolding of this science towards the infinite is finite, or even could be finite.
This infinite exposure is reflected in two unique types of certifications that she had set up, which to my knowledge are not duplicated by any other institution. She provided for a bachelor's type of degree for which certificates can be awarded by a Board of Education. She also provided for a doctor's type of degree for which no certificates can be awarded. She suggested that such a degree can only be 'taken.'
This 'taking' the degree involves a high level of scientific honesty on which the very advance of science depends. What she has set up here, is a leading edge process that is so far advanced from the conventional processes, that it is actually deemed not to exist and is largely not recognized. Still it does exist, and the demand will never go away that scientific honesty become the governing factor in society, even an honesty with oneself.
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There exists also another related aspect of this kind of paradox, which makes it presently a unique Christian Science paradox. This aspect is related to the institution of marriage.
Mary Baker Eddy established a Christian church without a provision for marriages. She devoted an entire chapter to the subject in her textbook, but made provision for it in the Manual of that church, under its By-laws. That's a paradox, isn't it? This is also a very tough paradox to resolve unless one deals with the spiritual reality of the nature of man that comes to light through Christian Science. In this light the paradox resolves itself into a mere challenge of scientific honesty and honesty with oneself.
In Christian Science man reflects God, which Mary Baker Eddy defined with the synonyms of Spirit and Soul--a singular universal Spirit, and Soul. In Christian Science the concepts of spirits and souls are invalid. They are recognized as scientific impossibilities, and are so understood. In the light of this understanding, the whole of humanity is 'married to one another' by virtue of its singular universal Spirit and Soul that we all share and is reflected in all mankind. In this scientific sense, no separation is possible. Any deeply acknowledged understanding of this scientific fact makes the marriage concept irrelevant. It has to, since complete unity with one another is already the reality of our being in divine Science.
The challenge for resolving the paradox consciously and honestly lies not in the realm of science, however. It lies in the social domain and in our scientific honesty and honesty with ourselves. The challenge lies in an honest implementation of the universal divine Principle, Love, which can only be manifest in universal love. Any other concept of love is invalid in Christian Science. Still, the implementation of this concept poses immense challenges, especially in the social realm where the very concept of universal love is deemed marital treason. Nevertheless, this challenge must be met. With the implementation of this single universal principle, the principle of universal love, rests the welfare and security of mankind.
Christian Science defines God as universal Principle, and the First Commandment of the Decalogue demand us to embrace God, universal Principle, with all out heart and mind and soul. Mary Baker Eddy promised that with the implementation of this First Commandment wars will cease and the full brotherhood (the universal marriage of mankind to one another) will be established.
In today's age Christian Science stands alone in resolving the marriage paradox (a marriage the isolates humanity from one another) by elevating mankind towards the full acknowledgement of the principle of universal love, the reality of love, since in our divinity as human beings we are already one. On this basis Mary Baker Eddy could predict with certainty, that wars will cease as a matter of principle, when the real nature of mankind becomes understood and acknowledged.
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