Christian Science has been an unparalleled blessing in my career...

Christian Science has been an unparalleled blessing in my career as a university professor. With it I have been able to dismiss many of the beliefs attached to classroom teaching and higher education —beliefs of fear, nervousness, intimidation, illness, boredom, irrelevance, and lack of inspiration. As a result, I have generally found my classes a real joy; so, when assigned to teach one section of the sophomore writing course several years ago, I anticipated a pleasant semester. Although the course as a whole had little formal organization, the sections I had previously taught had, I felt, been successful.

During the particular semester, however, I faced as uninterested a group of students as I could imagine. Each evening, as I prepared my discussion for the next day, I tried to select interesting topics; each morning, as I read the weekly Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly, I identified the God-given qualities that my students and I expressed. And still the class sat silently, responding only when pushed and then only with polite superficialities. Their writing, above all, was disordered and uninspired.

September 26, 1977

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