Eddyism, An illusion or a
delusion? The confused contradictory world
of Mary Baker Eddy
by Jack Kettler 2013
Christian Science is a 19th Century religion
that emphasizes divine healing as allegedly
practiced by Jesus Christ. It is officially
known as The Church of Christ Scientist,
headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts,
founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy. In its
heyday, Christian Science numbered over
300,000 members world-wide.
In the Christian Science religion Mrs. Eddy is
the absolute authority. The Christian Science
Church uses and quotes the Bible. The Bible
however is interpreted through the grid of of
Eddy's ideas. Instead of the Bible being
allowed to speak for itself by allowing
Scripture to interpret Scripture or consulting
lexicographical tools, Mrs. Eddy's
interpretation of the Bible is absolute and
final. The Bible is not the final court of
appeal in settling disputes, in Christian
Science, Mrs. Eddy is.
A brief survey of Christian Science
foundational beliefs from Mary Baker Eddy's
Science and Health With Key To The
Scriptures with my comments:
To start, the creed of Christian Science, or
Eddyism is found in the “Scientific Statement
of Being,” which is read at every Christian
Science church service:
Question. - What is the scientific statement
There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor
substance in matter.
All is infinite Mind and its infinite
manifestation, for God is All-in-all.
Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal
Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the
unreal and temporal.
Spirit is God, and man is His image and
Therefore man is not material; he is
spiritual. (Science and Health With Key To The
Scripture, p. 468).
This a very craftily worded creedal statement,
and suggests a Platonic dualistic world view
in which the material world is diminished.
While this is true, (the neo-platonic
influence) it is more closely aligned with
Eastern metaphysical conceptions of reality
since it holds that spiritual reality is the
only true reality, and that the material world
including sickness, death and evil are nothing
more than illusions.
“Evil is unreal” (Science and Health, p. 339).
I'm sure this was a great comfort to the Jews
in Nazi Germany.
The devil or Satan is a “illusive
personification” of the human mind (Science
and Health, p.187).
How could a follower of Eddy explain: Jesus
speaking to the devil and the devil speaking
back during the temptation in the wilderness?
See Matthew 4:1-11.
“The cause of all so-called disease is mental,
..a mistaken belief…” (Science and Health, p.
377). Really? Go visit the Children Hospital's
“Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and
matter cannot be” (Science and Health, p.
Tell your self that when you have the stomach
Eddy rejected the traditional doctrine of the
Trinity, saying that it “suggests polytheism”
(Science and Health, p. 256).
Really? Who is Eddy to talk, since her
religious philosophy is dependent on Eastern
metaphysical conceptions of reality. For a
Scriptural response to her rejection of the
triune nature of God, see my “The
Triune Nature of God and the Deity of Christ”
Hell is “Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse;
hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death;
suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed
agony; effects of sin; that which 'worketh
abomination or maketh a lie.'” (Science and
Health, p. 588).
Is Eddy correct? See R.C. Sproul's article on
“There is no disease, when the supposed
suffering is gone from the mortal mind, there
can be no pain” (Science and Health, p.421).
To bad Mrs. Eddy was not around when the
bubonic plague was ravaging Europe between
1348 and 1350, and killing between 75 million
and 200 million people world-wide. .
“Life is real, and death is the illusion”
(Science and Health, pp. 427-28).
Tell that to the non-Christian Science family
members who have witnessed 1000's of people
who have been injured or died and millions of
dollars in economic damages due this denial of
“Sin, sickness, and death are to be classified
as effects of error. Christ came to destroy
the belief of sin” (Science and Health, p.
Christ did nothing of the sort, Christ came to
save sinners! “This is a faithful saying, and
worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners” (1
“Man is incapable of sin, sickness and death”
(Science and Health, p.475).
Really? The apostle Paul said: “As it is
written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is
none that seeketh after God. They are all gone
out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good,
no, not one. Their throat is an open
sepulchre; with their tongues they have used
deceit; the poison of asps is under their
lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and
bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed
blood: Destruction and misery are in their
ways: And the way of peace have they not
known: There is no fear of God before their
eyes” (Romans 3:10-18).
"Jesus Christ is not God” (Science and Health,
The Scriptures are clear: “In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by
him; and without him was not any thing made
that was made” (John 1:1-3).
Starting in the 24th edition of her Science
and Health book and up to the 33rd edition,
Eddy admitted that there is an agreement
between Hindu Vedanta philosophy and Christian
Science. She also quoted certain passages from
an English translation of the Bhagavad Gita.
These quotes no doubt were later removed when
they became problematic for recruitment.
If the reader is at all familiar with Eastern
metaphysics, it is quite clear from the above
quotations that Mrs. Eddy's religion is
nothing more than an Westernized Eastern
metaphysical mind science religion. Or, more
properly described a strain of philosophical
idealism which believes that all reality is a
Divine Mind. The material physical universe is
nothing more than a giant construct within the
The Christian Science Reading Room:
This writer on one occasion visited a Christan
Science reading room and talked with a nice
individual who was there to assist people who
had questions about Christian Science. The man
related a story of his healing from cancer
that had formed on his big swollen toe and how
his healing convinced him of the truthfulness
of Christian Science teachings. When asked if
he had the cancer diagnosed medically, he
answered no, he said, he just knew it was
cancer. This subjective experience convinced
him of Eddy's teachings.
The impartial reader will know that there are
any number of explanations that would counter
this man's belief. First off, just believing
you have cancer is not the same as having it.
Having a swollen toe could be caused by any
number of things. The swelling going down and
his big toe returning to normal is easily
explained by the body's own ability to heal
itself because of our immune system. No doubt,
this man actually thought he had attained
victory over the illusion of the material
world and thought this to be the cause of his
toe returning to normal.
In Science and Health in the section called
“Fruitage,” you have a number of glowing
testimonials from people allegedly healed of
all manner of conditions, including cancer.
How exactly does the healing happen? One
person going by their initials, E. O., from
Georgetown, Washington says: “I was advised to
buy Science and Health, which I did, and the
study of this book has healed my back
entirely” (Science and Health, p. 617). Wow,
imagine that, just reading a book, and you are
healed. Other testimonials are similar: “I
started to read Science and Health, and before
I had half finished the book once I was eating
everything that any one does” (Science and
Health, p. 618).
The testimonies go on and on, simply from
reading a book and embracing Eddy's teaching
of mind over matter. In Christan Science, you
heal yourself by understanding that the
material world is an illusion along with sin
and infirmities. Once you understand the
alleged truth of sickness being an illusion,
your sickness will disappear. It can be asked,
why did not the whole body disappear since it
is also part of the sinful illusion of
physical material? It is a matter of fact,
everyone who wrote a testimony recorded in the
1903 edition Science and Health has long since
have died and are buried along with the the
alleged truthfulness of Eddy's theories.
The Dangers of using Personal Experience as
the Basis for Truth:
It is truly dangerous to base your beliefs on
personal experience like those recorded in
eddy's Science and Health. For example, when
an experience influences your interpretation
of the Scriptures, such as, letting the
experience influence an understanding of the
Scripture like the man who claimed he was
healed of cancer on his big toe, it is not
surprising that sound doctrine gives way to
interpretations of Scripture that are
influenced by these self-same experiences. The
members of Christian Science follow this
pattern precisely. Once the adherent has a
healing, or think they have witnessed a
healing, anything that Eddy says about the
Bible, no matter how outlandish is the gospel
Most people will see the circular reasoning
that plagues this approach. Since the above
mentioned individual has experienced
something, the Bible is interpreted in such a
fashion as to support the Christian Science
mis-interpretations of the Bible. Thus, the
Christian Scientist assumes that what Mary
Baker Eddy has said about the Bible teaches
must be true since they have witnessed or
experienced it. This is a dangerous
subjectivist circle of interpretation.
In Christian Science this is particularly
dangerous since historically they have
forbidden their members to seek medical help.
There are plenty of horror stories that could
be cited regarding Christian Science
practitioners who gave deadly advice to
individuals, who subsequently died from these
unreal illusions. Today they are softening
their stance on this, letting members seek
medical help if they desire. This may be due
to declining membership, more than a shift in
their beliefs. In 1930's, at the height of
their popularity, they were somewhere around
300,000 Christian Scientists members in the
United States. Today, their numbers are
probably no more than 100,000.
Questions regarding the self-refuting
contradictions of eddy's Christian Science
If the material world is an illusion, how can
we know if what Eddy is saying is true since
she quotes from a printed material Bible,
which is part of the physical world and is
supposedly an illusion? How can I know if the
1903 copy of Science and Health that I have is
an illusion or real? Obviously, Christian
Scientist's believe some things in the
material world are more of an illusion than
Why do people die if sickness is an illusion?
Have any Christian Scientists ever overcome
death? If not, why not? Why did Mrs. Eddy die?
She was supposedly the master of this
religious philosophy. Surely, he strong belief
in the power of mind over the false material
illusion of reality should have saved her.
Was Jesus' physical appearance an illusion? If
physical existence is an illusion as Eddy
asserts, how can the Biblical accounts of
Christ having a resurrected body as witnessed
by the disciples be explained? Why does the
Bible place such an emphasis on the disciples
witnessing Christ's resurrection and using it
as an apologetic? This is a question Eddy and
her Christian Science practitioners have yet
to answer convincingly.
Jesus appeared numerous times to different
individuals and groups of people:
- Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11, John
- The other women at the tomb (Matthew
- The two travelers on the road (Mark
16:12,13, Luke 24:13-34)
- Ten disciples behind closed doors (Mark
16:14, Luke 24:35-43, John 20:19-25)
- All the disciples, and Thomas (John
20:26-31, 1 Corinthians 15:5)
- Seven disciples while fishing (John
- Eleven disciples on the mountain
- A crowd of 500 “most of whom are still
alive” at the time of Paul writing (1
- Jesus appeared to the disciples in
Jerusalem (Luke 24:44-49)
- The group who watched Jesus ascend to
heaven (Mark 16:19,20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts
- Paul with others present: (1 Corinthians
15:8-9, Galatians 1:13-16, Acts 9:1-8,
22:9, 1 Corinthians 15:10-20, Galatians
You simply cannot declare the physical
material world to be an illusion and then
operate in it without involving yourself in
numerous contradictions. For example, why do
Christian Scientists go to the “Mother Church”
in Boston? Or the read the “Christian Science
Monitor,” their newspaper which reports on
things that are supposedly evil, and according
to Eddy are nothing more than illusions? When
the left-ward leaning Christian Science
Monitor editorializes on things that are
supposedly evil and proposes solutions in the
material world, they are simply refuting
Eddy's belief system. Could it be that the
religion of Mary Baker Eddy's Christian
Science is in reality an illusion, or more to
the point, a delusion?
All non-Christian philosophy contains its own
internally self refuting contradictions along
with Eddy's numerous contradictions, which are
in the same category as with those who assert
“there is no truth.” Supposedly, assertions
like this are true. Eddy and her followers
cannot maintain with any credibility their
insistence that the physical material world is
an illusion and yet repeatedly appeal to these
same physical illusions for their teachings
and life practices. The whole religious
structure of Christian Science is build upon
contradictory absurdity. A more consistent
form of this religious deadly nonsense is seen
in Calcutta, India where the fruits of Eastern
metaphysics has come to fruition or “Fruitage”
as Mrs. Eddy put it.
More Scriptural refutations of Eddy's
declaration about Jesus not being God:
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die
in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM
he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
Jesus was claiming to be God, i.e., the I AM
of Exodus 3:14, (John 8:58).
“The Jews answered him, saying, For a good
work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and
because that thou, being a man, makest thyself
God” (John 10:33).
Jesus affirms that he is “the Almighty” in
An attack upon the deity of Christ is one of
the surest signs you are dealing with a group
Regarding Eddy’s denial that there is no such
thing as evil or sin, the Bible says that man
has fallen into sin and that God has sent His
Son into the world to die for sinners (John
3:14-21). In addition, the Bible says: the
wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Everyone
dies proving the Bible is correct about sin
being a reality, and Mrs Eddy to be a liar.
In sharp contrast to Eddy on evil, Jesus says:
“And he said, That which cometh out of the
man, that defileth the man. For from within,
out of the heart of men, proceed evil
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit,
lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness: All these evil things come from
within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:20-23).
Matter is not an illusion but is real, and was
created distinct and separate from God. In
other words, God is transcendent. To transcend
means “to exist above and independent from; to
rise above, surpass, succeed.” Christians are
not pantheists. God called the creation “very
good” in (Genesis 1:31). Sin, sickness, and
evil are not illusions. They are a result of
mankind's fall into sin. Temporal, physical,
and eternal separation from God is the result
of sin. See Romans 3:10, 5:12; 1 John 1:8,10.
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