As irrepressible as the coming of a new season is the hunger to understand one another. We all want to know more about our neighbors than what simply meets the eye—especially what's in the heart impelling their lives.

In this continuing series, we share questions and answers that have come up recently—in one-to-one conversations, in discussion groups, and through correspondence with people who want to know that Christian Science is and what it's like to be a student of Christian Science. Of course, the responses given here are not presented as final or definitive. Nor are they the only way any particular inquiry might be responded to. But they do come out of actual exchanges between Christian Scientists and their neighbors.

A newspaper article described the mother of a well-known Canadian artist as a Christian Scientist who "held the body in contempt." Although it wasn't possible to comment on this particular early-twentieth-century family, a letter was sent to the newspaper explaining what Christian Science teaches about the human body.

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