Letters to the Press

From Christian Science Committees on Publication

The Virginia Churchman

The Virginia Churchman Richmond, Virginia

The Article, "What does your body know?" (July issue of The Virginia Churchman), addresses a topic of growing interest today. [The author] makes several pertinent assessments concerning the subject of health and the whole person with which many would undoubtedly agree. Readers who are acquainted with the Christian Scientist's posture toward the field of medicine, however, may feel it a categorical misassessment to believe he "would deny the validity of the medical profession altogether." On the contrary, the Christian Scientist practices the Golden Rule with regard to doctors as much as to anyone else. He has great respect for their motives, skills, and selfless dedication, and he acknowledges the right of every man to turn to the method of healing of his own choice. It could not be denied that many people find comfort and relief with the help of the medical profession.

If a Christian Scientist does not find the need to rely on medicine for himself, it is because his religion has taught him a wholehearted reliance on God which has been sufficient in itself to restore and maintain health. This spiritual reliance is the prayer Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, speaks of in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love" (p. 1).

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May 22, 1978

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