Christian Science and the Physician

People of differing faiths might agree that sincere prayer to God is an effective aid in healing disease. But a question sometimes asked of Christian Scientists is this: Although God is the source of healing, are physicians not channels through which God works?

The question is a natural one, and it deserves an answer. For in addition to suggesting that physicians might be instruments of God, it often implies another question—that is, Why don't Christian Scientists go to doctors, and aren't they forgoing a form of divine help when they don't?

Certainly, most physicians have in common with Christian Scientists the motive to help and heal mankind. There is a divergence of viewpoint, however, as to what constitutes healing.

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December 26, 1977

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