'If any of it was true, all of it was true'

My interest in Christian Science was not piqued in the way one might expect. My best friend practiced Christian Science, and I feared for his safety, as he insisted on relying on prayer, rather than doctors and drugs, for healing.

At the time, I was studying for admission to medical school. In our casual discussions about religion I accepted what I understood about the Christianity of my friend’s beliefs, but his conviction that the material, mortal picture was unreal lost me. I felt that I could prove to him that the body is structural and material, though it entertains a spiritual essence that is liberated when we die. However, I couldn’t crack his conviction, so I resolved to read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy—the book he studied along with the Bible—and try to understand where he was coming from. I thought I could uncover the book’s departures from logic, which could break our deadlock.

The Touch of Class
Removing mental roadblocks
August 6, 2012

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