More than twenty years ago I heard of Christian Science

More than twenty years ago I heard of Christian Science. The seed was planted in a conversation with a practitioner who was helping my mother. I was then enjoying life in a university, and was in no need of physical or mental relief. The textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was placed in my hands. Life was then such a puzzle! What was life? Why was there sin? Why should one ever have evil thoughts? were some of the many questions troubling me. Turning to the textbook, I began to read. God is good and evil is unreal, was the tenor of its song on every page, in every line. With what gladness I welcomed this outlook on life! My questions for the first time received intelligent answers.

Everything was well until I entered upon a course on philosophy in the university. The professor day by day tore down and shattered most of the beliefs about God we had ever held, but gave nothing constructive in return. At the end of the term we were required to write a thesis about the wreckage. My study of Christian Science did not mix with this professor's logic. Try as I would, I could not write the thesis, and it became such a nightmare and caused such constant worry that a mental breakdown resulted, and I left the university before the end of the term. I was persuaded to try electricity, open-air exercises, and physical culture; and finally I recovered sufficiently to return to the university, and with the help of some tutoring completed my thesis and made up lost credits.

Soon again, however, mental darkness crept in. The old fears were on hand with reinforcements, and all work assumed gigantic proportions. The mental depression was greater than before. Since the breakdown I had dropped the study of Christian Science, though I had not lost all faith in it. Now I knew that unless Christian Science could help me, I had no way out of my difficulties. Upon inquiry I found a Reading Room in the small university town. The attendant directed me to the one practitioner there. The practitioner gave me a single treatment, and I left her office completely healed. What unexplainable freedom and joy! All fear, all dread, all mental darkness entirely dissolved! Needless to say, Christian Science became my constant daily companion, and my remaining three years in the university were a joy. Examinations were welcomed, and I graduated with an honorary degree, a most unexpected event, attributable entirely to Christian Science.

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