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This one’s way over my head, but because it makes me think of Nathanael West’s “Day of the Locust” I want to mention it.

Two theological traditions collide in this story about the collapse of a Christian Scientist congregation in Los Angeles and the purchase of its iconic building by a Church of What’s Happening Now.

Famous for putting their trust in God even unto the deaths of their children, Christian Scientists are a little out of it when it comes to grand larceny too. This particular congregation collapsed because it failed to notice that for fifteen years its financial officer stole absolutely all of its money. This left it with no money, so it had to sell the iconic building...

The financial officer used some of the money to become a member of an “exclusive Disneyland dining club.”

This story is too rich a brew for me. It has too many moving parts. I merely record the outlines here, and direct you to various links.

Margaret Soltan, September 4, 2021 9:29AM
Posted in: forms of religious experience

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