It was gratifying to hear Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson described recently on a major tv network news report as "a devout Christian Scientist who doesn't smoke or drink". One hopes that that description of a Christian Scientist will be consciously or unconsciously filed away by those few "honest seekers" who might be led to investigate Christian Science.
Another, less recent face before the public is that of a soi-disant Christian Scientist, a fairly well-known actor. He was on the cover of a Sentinel, to which he has also made a written contribution or two. We were also informed he has been a Second Reader in his branch church. Boston's poster-boy has reportedly given quite a few million dollars to The Mother Church, which no doubt made any fluffy droplets from his pen uncommonly wonderful.
Yet an article quoted him as being proud of the fact that a couple of margaritas (or some other mixed drink) had been named after him. Now, what idea would the unknowing and probably uncaring and skeptical public form of Christian Science from these two men? An insignificant, have-it-any-way-you-want sect with no meaningful beliefs or standards? Even the "honest seeker" might have second thoughts.