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fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science

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A heart wrenching conflict, beautifully and intelligently told

Mesmerizing This magnificent memoir conveys the shattering conflict felt by the author and her sibling(s) as they struggled to come to grips with the beliefs with which they were raised and the world they grew to experience for themselves. Though this experience of deve...
Mesmerizing This magnificent memoir conveys the shattering conflict felt by the author and her sibling(s) as they struggled to come to grips with the beliefs with which they were raised and the world they grew to experience for themselves. Though this experience of developing personal beliefs that differ from those of our parents is not unique, the stakes for that difference are rarely so high. Christian Science is not a cult; it is a religion practiced by some in surprisingly visible (leadership) roles in our society - yet it is devoid of nuance, tolerance or uncertainty for that which we cannot concretely know. It's narrow-ness is alarming and even frightening. I am grateful to Lucia Greenhouse for sharing her profoundly painful story with intimacy, immediacy and intelligence, and for shedding light on this unforgiving religion that quietly thrives in our midst.

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A Question of Faith or Abuse by Another Name?

Anthony Lewis has described the First Amendment as "freedom for the thought that we hate." In the U.S., freedom of religion has been vigilantly defended, as well it should be. Many of the disturbing incidents in this book could be equally attributed to causes or behavio...
Anthony Lewis has described the First Amendment as "freedom for the thought that we hate." In the U.S., freedom of religion has been vigilantly defended, as well it should be. Many of the disturbing incidents in this book could be equally attributed to causes or behavior unrelated to religious belief. For me the horror of this story lies in the denial of choice in matters of personal faith. Despite Ms. Greenhouse's professed skepticism toward Christian Science (even as a child), she was so clearly abused that even today she fears that her book may result in physical retribution upon those she loves. When this tyranny of belief is imposed on children, particularly in situations where the consequences may mean death, it's extremely difficult to honor the "free exercise" of religion by doing nothing. Still, I had a hard time deciding how much of the abuse was directly attributable to religious belief and how much was just that of a very disturbed man exercising control over his wife and children.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    A Question of Faith or Abuse by Another Name?

    Anthony Lewis has described the First Amendment as "freedom for the thought that we hate." In the U.S., freedom of religion has been vigilantly defended, as well it should be. Many of the disturbing incidents in this book could be equally attributed to causes or behavior unrelated to religious belief. For me the horror of this story lies in the denial of choice in matters of personal faith. Despite Ms. Greenhouse's professed skepticism toward Christian Science (even as a child), she was so clearly abused that even today she fears that her book may result in physical retribution upon those she loves. When this tyranny of belief is imposed on children, particularly in situations where the consequences may mean death, it's extremely difficult to honor the "free exercise" of religion by doing nothing. Still, I had a hard time deciding how much of the abuse was directly attributable to religious belief and how much was just that of a very disturbed man exercising control over his wife and children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    An insightful read for anyone interested in learning about Christian Science

    I wasn't particularly searching for books on Christian Science, but when I came across this book and read the outline, it piqued my curiosity. As a Protestant Christian, I enjoy learning about other religions, and since I knew nothing at all about Christian Science I was immediately drawn to this book.

    Lucia Greenhouse tells of her life growing up in a Christian Science home, and how her dying mother refused to seek medical help due to staunch Christian Science beliefs. It's well-written, easy to read, and gives a perspective of Christian Science practices, from various members of Lucia's family, including of course, herself. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and feel that I gained a good, basic understanding of a religion I knew nothing about.

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