Ten years ago I was pursuing a premed program in college and...

Ten years ago I was pursuing a premed program in college and preparing for a junior year abroad when I began to read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Numerous discussions with a close friend, who was a Christian Scientist, had failed to dissuade him from his "illogical" religion that refused to accept common medicine as both necessary and God-given. In a desperate attempt to communicate, I determined to learn exactly what my friend believed in so that I could intelligently focus on its errors. However, a reading of Science and Health revealed a consistent, spiritual basis of life exactly opposite to everything I had been educated to accept. Also, the book claimed that anyone could prove this spiritual basis to be true by healing through spiritual means alone.

I dismissed this teaching as being too radical, until a short time later when I faced surgery for a disorder diagnosed as hemorrhoids. My uncertainty about the medical expertise in the foreign country I was in, coupled with acute discomfort, led me to seek help from a nearby group of Christian Scientists. Earlier, while searching for a familiar Protestant church in this predominantly Muslim country, I had found this group holding Christian Science services.

November 5, 1979

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