Yes Joe was ordained as a minister…

in the Church of Christian Science. Yet after a period he did not feel he had God’s calling.

This is some information on the Church of Christian Science:

Beliefs and practices. Christian Science subscribes to the Christian belief in an omnipotent, purposeful God, accepts the authority (though not the inerrancy) of the Bible, and holds the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to be indispensable to the redemption of mankind.

The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts, by Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and founder of Christian Science. Wikipedia

FounderMary Baker Eddy

Founded1879, Boston, MA

Headquarters locationBoston, MA

Congregationsapproximately 1750 worldwide (900 in the U.S.)

ScriptureScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures and Bible

Membersestimates range from around 400,000 to under 100,000

Christian Science subscribes to the Christian belief in an omnipotent, purposeful God, accepts the authority (though not the inerrancy) of the Bible, and holds the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to be indispensable to the redemption of mankind. It departs from traditional Christianity in rejecting the deity (but not the divinity) of Jesus, seeing his life as exemplifying a divine sonship that belongs to all men and women as God’s children.

Unlike some forms of liberal Protestantism, however, Christian Science does not view Jesus as simply a moral exemplar. Rather, his healing works and his victory over death are regarded as proof that the limitations of the mortal state can be overcome incrementally as one gains “the mind of Christ,” that is, an understanding of man’s true spiritual status. This attainment requires looking beyond material appearances to a spiritual reality that orthodox Christianity associates with heaven but that Christian Science considers to be a demonstrable fact.

The ordinary materialist view of man and the universe, according to Christian Science, provides a false sense of reality that is the result of the inadequacy of human perception. Eddy argued that the traditional Christian belief that matter is created by God is a fallacy that leads to the conclusion that God is responsible for all suffering in the universe and that salvation involves the resurrection of “the flesh.” Redemption from sin is basic to salvation, because sin in all its forms is a denial of God’s sovereignty predicated on the belief that life, will, and mind evolve from matter rather than from spirit. At the same time Eddy, unlike some of her more optimistic followers, saw redemption as a long and demanding process, calling upon the Christian virtues of patience, humility, repentance, and cross-bearing.

Eddy’s view of the material world and the practices that stemmed from it distinguished Christian Science from similar movements. While she shared much with the tradition of philosophical idealism (which also stresses the role of the spirit in understanding the world), especially with transcendentalism, her emphasis on healing differentiates Christian Science from forms of idealism that interpret experience but do not attempt to affect it. In Christian Science the cure of disease through prayer is seen as a necessary element in the process of redemption.

Eddy’s teachings have led to a complex relationship between church members and the medical establishment. Christian Scientists are not compelled by the church to practice faith healing, and they generally employ the services of dentists and optometrists for care of teeth and eyes, respectively, and often those of physicians for setting broken bones or delivering babies. The church also encourages members to scrupulously obey public health laws, including quarantine regulations and immunization requirements, when religious exemptions are not provided. Officials of The Mother Church, on the other hand, have worked diligently for the enactment of laws in the United States to accommodate Christian Science practice. Christian Scientists needing nursing care are encouraged to go to a Christian Science sanitarium or to seek home care from a Christian Science nurse.

Tenets of Christian Science

  1. As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.
  2. We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God’s image and likeness.
  3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal. But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts.
  4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.
  5. We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.
  6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.




Joe is currently a Methodist from Childhood on and with his acceptance of all religious faith he has attended Catholic Mass with me, but I also assisted with young teenagers when I offered my time to North St Paul’s Mark’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) as a counselor which included various sports activities breakfasts and meals with the Youth Minister and myself.  We both love liturgy which we have not found in most Baptist Churches.

A question I had was relating to the Baptist Church and how there are so many ministers without having a Masters in Divinity.  What I learned is that most churches ordain their own ministers but the Baptist Ministers are ordained only by each individual congregation.



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