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It may surprise most people to read in the official Church Manual of Christian Science these words, “If a Christian Scientist is to be married, the ceremony shall be performed by a clergyman who is legally authorized." Why does the Christian Science Church itself provide no marriage ceremony for its members, but insists that if they desire that estate they must be married by some authorized clergyman of another Church? Only through a study of Mrs. Eddy's teaching on marriage can the answer be found. But a study or Mrs. Eddy's teaching of marriage necessitates also an examination of her whole philosophy, for her marriage teachings are consistent with her basic principles. Therefore, the next chapter of this paper is devoted to a discussion of the basic principles of Christian Science. After a discussion of her basic philosophy, Chapter III deals soley with an objective study of Mrs. Eddy's teaching on marriage. After the objective study of Mrs. Eddy's marriage doctrine, Chapter IV analyses this doctrine in the light of Scripture, reason, and experience, and tries to show the horrible results of this doctrine, if Christian Science practice is consistent with Mrs. Eddy's teaching.
Ludwig, Paul Jr, "An Examination and Refutation of Mary Baker Eddy's Teaching on Marriage" (1951). Bachelor of Divinity. 336.
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