Christianity and Islam endanger human survival but the Eddy story I found fascinating

By Donald A. Collins | 24 July 2017
Church and State

The Mother Church, Christian Science Center, Boston. (Credit: Bill Damon / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

We at this site find it impossible to understand how biblical texts written by scribes 2 thousand years ago can currently be so fully embraced as truth (ok, Gospel Truth if you must) by enough present day humans to make its teaching a dangerous force in world peace. And when one adds its noted Christianity copier Islam to the mix, the enormity of their combined influence on human survival makes anyone with reasonable grasp of their histories recoil in horror.

One has to ask, how is it that people can come to believe in the fantasies religion offers!

Well, we know about snake worshipers and many other diverse sects, but the religious gullibility that so many humans around the world today suffer makes the rest of us shiver with disbelief.

And pontifications keep happening all the time anew. My sister-in-law lives in Boston right across the street from the major shrine of one of the craziest fairly recent religious manifestations called Christian Science whose title seems to neatly capture the name of what those who seek to have their orthodoxies offered in our public schools under the guise of the rubric “intelligent design”. Hey, you can’t prove there is not god, so why should I agree with Darwin’s evolution versus my belief in any thing I want to.

At 86 having survived cancer, hernia and back surgery, and numerous other maladies which could have killed me in the 19th Century, I read the piece about Mary Baker Eddy’s dictum for not treating medical problems for which proven therapies had been developed with amusement, but also realizing the huge staying power of such bizarre beliefs.

And while the threat of total religious domination by any one sect seems remote, the mischief already caused by their dangerous impact on what should be solely secular choices can be observed daily. Take abortion rights as number one and add numerous others.

Certainly Eddy’s impact has become quite limited today, making her adherents into aberrants when parents fail to treat a child for a readily curable common ailment.

Was Eddy a charlatan or was Roman Emperor Constantine (306-337AD), who really elevated Christianity into a major political force really a Christian? History keeps judging his motives and Eddy’s.

No future world governance will likely ultimately purge secular influence from religious intrusion. However, we can ardently hope that the powers of extremist sects’ influence can be brought under better tether than they are today before human life is destroyed or more of our precious democracy lost.

Ultimately the power of the free press with its capacity to tell the facts has proved the best prophylactic against such abusive power. Eddy’s fate was amazingly influenced by Willa Cather!

I believe you will find Eddy’s story a fascinatingly good read for which we can thank Wikipedia!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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Back in 1991, the NGO Don Collins founded in 1976, International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF), co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates Collins and his colleagues contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.

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