Credit where credit is due
Got an interesting email from a blog reader. It read in part:
I am bringing this topic up to you because you seem to be a well-read open-minded seeker of Truth. One thing I have noticed in visiting Christian Science sites is that Christian Scien[tists] seem on the surface to be somewhat insular when it comes to reading material.
I love some of the writings that Christian Science offers. … At the same time, though, I like other metaphysical authors. I am very eclectic myself and somewhat of a syncretist, so I like studying different sources.
Maybe this is something you would like to bring up for discussion.
And here's my edited-for-blog reply:
Thanks for your note. You make a great point.
I've observed some of that insularity myself, and in fact used to be that way. But, my own intellectual curiosity caught up with me—I love reading too much to reject anything out of hand. Truth is universal, and it finds expression in myriad diverse ways. Isn't that cool?
Sometimes it seems to me that avoiding certain reading material can sometimes betray an insecurity with one's own beliefs. Having said that, there are some authors that I do avoid because having sampled them I've found they just irritate me. But at least I sampled them!
Sometimes students of Christian Science may have a problem with a particular author because his or her work is derivative without giving Mary Baker Eddy any credit. Many now well-known authors studied Christian Science early in their careers but do not mention it in their writings. Eddy had a lot of trouble with people plagiarizing her works even in her own day, so her followers feel especially honor-bound to make sure she gets credit for her ideas.
When I read some of the literature from these other writers, I find a lot that echoes Eddy's writings but then no mention of her and her ideas. I have to admit this troubles me. I don't mind people taking the ideas and running with them in their own way, but at least give credit where credit is due.
I will definitely give this some more thought, and will probably blog about it. (Just about everything winds up on the blog!) Would love to know any further thoughts you have.
Thanks for your support and interest.... I'm so glad to know you're out there!
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