The first being that the book is dripping with ill used satire. If you've read the book, no explanation is necessary. Twain attempts to discredit that Some reviewers have mentioned that they agree or disagree with the author's standpoint.
Twain attempts to discredit that this Ms. Eddy wrote the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, comparing it to her earlier works. However, Mrs. Eddy addresses this herself in her book.
Paraphrase: she states that her earlier works were ill in understanding and in interpretation, and that they shouldn't be used or considered.
Not only that, but this book was not the only work of the woman. She wrote countless pantalets, articles, letters, etc. With this understood, most of this book is just that; satire at its best. A comical rendition of a misinterpretation. It should be noted that Christian Science is commonly misunderstood by those who do not take the time to understand it, and that rebuttals against the religion are often inaccurate or already addressed by the author.
Furthermore, a common misunderstanding is that Christian Science, the religion, is in some way refuting or discrediting physical science or contemporary understandings of the word "science. The book by Mark Twain begins with an event where there was only a horse doctor. This is contradiction to the belief that Christian Scientists do not use doctors, or go to them. As with any individual, in any religion, belief system, or lack thereof -- it is always up to the individual to choose what to do in any situation.
Another common error is that Christian Scientists don't believe in the world, or the body, etc. The viewpoints are relative and differentiate between physical identity and spiritual identity.
In simple terms: an idea, thought, or concept, is not a material thing. Ask any scientist or mathematician, ideas aren't physical. This is what Ms. Eddy conveys in her book. When you take the time to understand, as I have after reading this book, it makes sense.
Christian Science is not faith healing, as some irrelevant reviewer stated here. Apr 14, Steve rated it really liked it. At this point in my attempt to read him in chronological order, I've hit a confusing wall, as different sources are giving me slightly different dates.
Heck, this one was written in the first part and the second part. At any rate, it's a hilarious take down of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, with more than a little polemic against the religion itself, and hints here and there that it isn't a whole lot less rational than other religions.
Now here's a subject about At this point in my attempt to read him in chronological order, I've hit a confusing wall, as different sources are giving me slightly different dates. Now here's a subject about which I knew nothing, and about which I cared little - but Twain is such an entertainer, especially when he gets going in his satirical mode, that I was spellbound by this relatively short series of essays.
Twain proves to his own satisfaction that Eddy stole the entire book on which her religion is based, though he doesn't know who wrote it originally.
Jul 03, John Harder rated it really liked it. Just the deadly criticism of her grammar should have driven Eddy to a self-induced banishment, but given her character Eddy shield of infallibility no doubt effectively shielded her from an criticism. Great book.
This is a well written work about MBE from the perspective of a fellow writer alive and active at the same time. Twain likely had an agenda, and, at times, it is clear to the reader that he is stroking his ego while supporting his arguments.
However, the author is able to use both literary analysis of several examples of her writing as well as logic to support his conclusion that MBE is not, in fact, the author of Science and Health. He also lays out a compelling argument - again, based on This is a well written work about MBE from the perspective of a fellow writer alive and active at the same time.
He also lays out a compelling argument - again, based on her own written texts- as to why and how she came to single-handedly rule a religion free from dissent and sects, and how she used her keen business sense to amass vast personal wealth from her followers. Aug 04, John Bonsall rated it liked it Shelves: abandoned. Randomly opening the complete works of Mark Twain I became immersed in his hilariously ridiculous debate with a Christian Scientist in the Alps.
Knowing nothing of Christian Science I nonetheless decided I might as well keep going. Unfortunately it gets quite dry after the anecdote in the Alps, especially when you know nothing about the subject and in light of his predictions of Christian Science's inevitable world conquest not exactly panning out as foreseen.
I made it to the end of Book 1 but I Randomly opening the complete works of Mark Twain I became immersed in his hilariously ridiculous debate with a Christian Scientist in the Alps. I made it to the end of Book 1 but I see no reason to continue when by doing so I'd be foregoing other more interesting and highly likely more relevant topics.
It's a bit disjointed -- written in several pieces, years apart, without proper editing. However, there are many wonderful passages. I was laughing out loud for much of it. Twain is at his best when he's dissecting Mary Baker Eddy's murky prose. Part of being a good writer is being able to talk lucidly about others' writing, and Twain is a master of this. He asserts, and I think truly believed, that Christian Science had good prospects for replacing all the other Christian denominations and It's a bit disjointed -- written in several pieces, years apart, without proper editing.
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