Christian Science


Read by John Greenman

(4 stars; 5 reviews)

Christian Science is a 1907 collection of essays Mark Twain wrote about Christian Science, beginning with an article that was published in Cosmopolitan in 1899. Although Twain was interested in mental healing and the ideas behind Christian Science, he was hostile towards its founder, Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910). He called her, according to American writer Caroline Fraser, "[g]rasping, sordid, penurious, famishing for everything she sees—money, power, glory—vain, untruthful, jealous, despotic, arrogant, insolent, pitiless where thinkers and hypnotists are concerned, illiterate, shallow, incapable of reasoning outside of commercial lines, immeasurably selfish." - Summary by Wikipedia, edited by John Greenman (8 hr 1 min)

Chapters

PREFACE & BOOK I - CHRISTIAN SCIENCE - CHAPTER I VIENNA 1899 6:05 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER II 24:48 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER III 12:16 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER IV 7:24 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER V 10:30 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER VI 28:44 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER VII 27:07 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER VIII 4:27 Read by John Greenman
BOOK 1 - CHAPTER IX 13:11 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - PREFACE & CHAPTER I 15:00 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER II 21:15 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER III 10:27 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER IV & POSTSCRIPT 13:35 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER V & SUMMARY 5:59 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER VI 13:49 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER VII - PART ONE 58:26 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER VII - PART TWO 28:54 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER VIII 40:08 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER IX 1:54 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER X 14:49 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER XI 0:51 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER XII 5:37 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER XIII 2:42 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER XIV 1:34 Read by John Greenman
BOOK II - CHAPTER XV 16:21 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX A - ORIGINAL FIRST PREFACE TO SCIENCE AND HEALTH 11:25 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX B 3:07 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX C - The following is the spiritual signification of the Lord's Prayer: 1:25 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX D 24:00 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX E - Reverend Heber Newton on Christian Science: 8:23 Read by John Greenman
APPENDIX F 4:19 Read by John Greenman
MRS.EDDY IN ERROR 18:05 Read by John Greenman
MAIN PARTS OF THE MACHINE 1:48 Read by John Greenman
DISTRIBUTION OF THE MACHINE'S POWERS AND DIGNITIES 16:40 Read by John Greenman
CONCLUSION 6:15 Read by John Greenman

Reviews

Mark Twain: Investigative Journalist!


(4 stars)

The first entry in this collection is a humorous story about seeking help from a Christian Science practitioner after falling down a mountain. The rest is an exploration of the claims of the Christian Science founder, a very interesting textual analysis of her writings, and some half-joking predictions for that Church's potential for world domination. He is even-handed, admiring Mrs. Eddy's organizational and business abilities while deprecating her writing style, and offering every possible point on her side. Narration was excellent. 😀 (The appendices were redundant for the most part. )