Medicine and the return to Christian Science

As Christian Science became part of the religious landscape during the transition into the twentieth century, its practice of healing through prayer gained significant public attention. The movement grew because people were being healed.

Some today have speculated that many who turned to Christian Science did so in those days because the medicine that was practiced in the late 1800s was relatively primitive. One had about as good a chance to be helped with Christian Science as with the guesswork practiced by doctors of the day—so the reasoning goes.

Those who adopt this view are puzzled that intelligent people in our present era of "medical miracles" would still find it logical to seek prayer as a more dependable form of healing. And yet, just as a century ago, thoughtful people are turning to Christian Science and not only finding it an effective method of caring for their health needs but, more important, seeing it as a way of life that is deeply fulfilling, challenging, and satisfying.

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November 30, 1992

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