Theology Archives


Nothing to atone for?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Recently a friend asked me to attend her Christian Science church service. The Bible lesson was on “Doctrine of Atonement.” Twice a year for forty years, prior to leaving Science, (more…)

What is the mind of Jesus?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

During many years when I joined other Christian Scientists in promising to “watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus,” the full meaning (more…)

Designer spirituality worsens by the day

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The widespread assumption that true goodness is achievable in human beings by one’s own effort was vividly illustrated by an exchange on Facebook this weekend. (more…)

Christmas Taken Seriously

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Profound thoughts on the reason for the season from Ryan Murphy, a professor of Christian Thought at Colorado Christian University where I work. Advent is like our prison door being opened from the outside, (more…)

Unscriptural textbook

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Editor: Many of us within the Ananias circle, even if we’ve never met in person, feel a close kinship through the shared experience of finding Jesus, the pearl of great price. The brotherly bond between Jim Ritchie in Alabama and Phil Moser (more…)

Immersed myself in Scripture

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Carl Gans, my yokefellow in starting this website (see Philippians 4:3), has contributed the second part of his reply to a blog interview I began with him some weeks ago. (more…)

Hear Lewis’s classic of the faith

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Originally presented as radio talks during the Second World War, C. S. Lewis’s beloved Mere Christianity returned to the airwaves on Easter 2009 with an oral reading by my daughter and me on Backbone Radio, (more…)

An interview with Carl Gans

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Carl Gans of Santa Barbara, California, is a husband, father, attorney, and one of the founders of this website. The Ananias letter on our home page, though cosigned by several of us, was his idea, and I have personally been strengthened a great deal (more…)

Don’t miss Easter’s real meaning

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

For me on this holy weekend, the contrast couldn’t be more stark between our Catholic parish’s moving Easter Vigil liturgy and what I remember of Easter as a Christian Scientist. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, suffered on the cross and rose from the dead to redeem us (more…)

Who are today’s ‘women at the cross’?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Jesus’ mother and the other women keeping vigil on Calvary weren’t metaphysicians. They were personal followers of the personal Jesus, the only begotten Son, their saving Lord, God in the flesh. But Mary Baker Eddy writes as if (more…)

The trouble with Mrs. Eddy’s trinity

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Trinitarian Christians pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mary Baker Eddy’s followers worship a different trinity, as I was reminded recently by a friend’s article (more…)

Scientists & Evangelicals: How different?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

What might Christian Scientists learn from evangelical Christians, especially as it relates to fostering church growth? Doesn’t Mrs. Eddy’s church manual suggest friendliness (more…)

Falsifying the Gospel

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

A leading theologian of the past century gave the following summary of the diluted and distorted salvation message proclaimed by liberal (more…)