Although I was born and...

Although I was born and brought up in New England, on the doorstep, as it were, of Christian Science, I knew nothing about it until well along in my professional career. One of my earliest recollections is of the horror and dislike my good mother had for what she erroneously believed to be Christian Science.

During a part of the year 1927 I was on sabbatical leave from my duties as professor of economics at one of the well-known New England colleges. My wife and I were traveling in Europe, and in Switzerland we met an American woman who talked of Christian Science to my wife. This first exposure made little impression on us; but since my wife's health was not good, when we got back to Paris we went to the Monitor office seeking information. We were advised to visit a practitioner, and thus it was that Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came into our possession.

From time to time, out of curiosity, I would read a little in it. The more I read, the more interested I became in its statements of truth. For more than a quarter of a century, I had been an inveterate smoker. Reading the textbook convinced me that smoking was slavery, a very bad personal habit. Within a short time, through my study of Science and Health, I was completely free of this habit and also of that of social drinking. The desire for tobacco and liquor entirely disappeared from consciousness.

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Testimony of Healing
In all the years I have been a...
April 11, 1964

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