Science Beyond Religion
even the religion of Christian
The research book series, Discovering
Infinity, that is presented on this Web-site is based on
an idea that began to take shape in the late 1870s
through the work of a New England woman named Mary Baker
Mary Baker was a farmer's daughter who grew
up during America's great cultural and scientific
renaissance, a time when many old perceptions were challenged; when thought surged ahead to probe and
embrace the infinite. It was a time when once even iron
clad limits were overturned. It was a time of optimism, great
achievements, and breakthroughs in scientific perception. It was also a
time when the validity of religion was challenged. Mary Baker, herself,
like a rebel challenged the rigid and irrational notions that have crept
into the sphere of Christianity, challenging her own family's beliefs.
Fortunately, her family also embraced the scientific development of the
age and its focus on scholarly attainments. In this atmosphere she
became more focused on the truth than religion, on the scientific
understanding of fundamental principle upon which all regions must
ultimately unite across the boundaries of their individualities. After
all, there is only one truth which is manifest in universal principles,
and one single humanity which is the tallest manifest of life on the
Mary Baker's historic
contribution to human development lies not so much in her scientific
rediscovery of the once lost element of Christ healing. This is what she
is honoured for in modern times, under her later name of Mary Baker
Eddy, as the internationally recognized discoverer and founder of
Christian Science. Unfortunately, this is all that she is honoured for.
But her goal was larger and her achievement greater than what is being
recognized today. In her own time, she expected that her demonstrable
discoveries of scientific Christian healing would unite many of the more
advanced Christian Churches on the platform of one fundamental truth.
This didn't happen. Nevertheless, this is the foundation on which her
own discovery is founded.
This foundation is a
universal structure for scientific discovery that appear to have its
root in scientific tradition of the Greek classical culture. This
structure is plainly imbedded in the Apostle John's description of the
city foursquare in Revelation 21. John presents a four square structure,
a matrix structure, the kind of structure for the scientific ordering of
discoveries of fundamental principles and their larger
interrelationships. It is recognized today by leading edge researchers
that all of her major works were virtually from their beginning
structured in accordance with this fundamental structure for scientific
development and discovery.
With being recognized, it
is plain to see that her major importance is not related to what she has
personally created in the past, and established in terms of her church
for Christian healing. Her major importance is her contribution to the
future through her advanced development of the method for making fundamental
discoveries of truth that is based on a structural foundation that can
be traced back to the most explosive age of scientific development that
ever was, that unfolded in the Greek Classical culture.
It may be this foundation,
which demands one to be honest with oneself about the truth, that the
vast cultural, religious, and economic divisions can be bridged, which
today are being exploited to manipulate the world into a "clash of
civilizations" that threaten to bring about a new dark age.
When this breakthrough
will take place cannot be determined. It can happen tomorrow, it can
also be delayed so that it won't happen in our lifetime. It all depends
on how seriously humanity is interested in choosing prosperity and
freedom over a new dark age. Ultimately the divisions that are
destroying our society at the present time will be bridged, and they
will be bridged by an honest rallying around the single standard of
validated fundamental truth. Mary Baker Eddy's work in developing the
foundation for this larger scientific renaissance is her greatest
legacy, even though this element of her achievements remains largely
unknown and rejected by the still too shallow minds of the present day
promoters of her scientific work.
Actually, I am getting
ahead of myself here.
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