A search for home brought me to Christian Science

Back in the spring of 2001, I was interested in buying a fixer-upper in a historic neighborhood in a midwestern city. While doing research on the home I wanted to buy, I came across some interesting information regarding previous owners. Two daughters of the original occupants had been charter members of the local Church of Christ, Scientist, which was just a few blocks away. 

So, shortly after closing on the house, I went to the nearby Christian Science Reading Room to find out more about these people. The Reading Room attendant had no information about them, but had a wealth of information about Christian Science, and I left with a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. 

Over the preceding decade I had gone from being an avid atheist to being an agnostic, and then to being an ambivalent spiritual seeker studying various philosophies and religions. That night, as I began flipping through pages of Science and Health, the scriptural quotation at the beginning of the first chapter immediately caught my attention: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:23, 24). 

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