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Dr. Robin Maas: Former Christian Science & United Methodist

October 9, 2000 2 Comments

Robin was raised in a family where her mother was a Christian Scientist and her father an indifferent Methodist. By the age of 14, both of her parents had died. This forced her to a deeper prayer life and Scripture study. After high school she attended a Christian Science college, in Illinois. By about the age of 30, her study of sociology combined with reading the Catholic mystics deconstructed her Christian Science worldview. She still believed in God but was left high and dry. Continuing to read Scripture, the mystics, she entered a Methodist seminary and was baptized there. After seminary she entered Ph.D. studies at the Catholic University of America. This experience made her Catholic. Robin became a Catholic in 1987, and has never looked back. She is a former dean of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. She is a professor of spirituality.

  • Kim

    Her study in Christian Science was not correct. I am a life time Christian Scientist, and it is not at all teaching that Jesus is not the Son of God, nor that he did not suffer. The difference is, that he went to meet his crucifixion with the confidence that it would not change his relationship to God, but make him to have dominion over all the earth, as is promised. Every trial, every pang of repentance and baptism is a form of crucifixion of the flesh and resurrection. We want to put on the new man, the spiritual man. It is not fair to speak of Christian Science as generally as this.

    • Lam978

      Kim, i was a lifelong Christian Scientist with parents and grandparents who were class taught and first readers etc. Your description of CS does not sound like anything I ever heard in CS. Suffering is denied. Anything material is denied.

      Dr. Mass is an intelligent, thoughtful, deep thinker. She didn’t get this wrong.