Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Are Those People, Anyway? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Are Those People, Anyway? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Ever get that question? We do sometimes. Maybe today - the day of the annual business meeting for the church that publishes this newspaper - is not a bad day to address it.

Some people might know that the Christian Science Church is one of many Christian denominations - and a small one at that. And it isn't unusual for people to think of various churches in terms of a particular characteristic, even if it's a fairly limited one. Quakers are often known for their pacifist views. Seventh-Day Adventists are known to worship on Saturday. Christian Scientists are often thought of as "the people who don't go to doctors."

When it comes to physical healing, we do take the teachings of Jesus very seriously. But the practice of relying completely on spiritual healing, which follows Christ's own example, is more the natural outcome of a deeper conviction - that Christianity is actually scientific. That is, that the teachings of Jesus rest on provable truth. On a divine Science. In this sense, lots of people might identify with being a Christian Scientist. How can one speak of science and religion this way? Isn't science a question of physics and chemistry, biology and medicine? And religion - doesn't it relate more to issues of faith? Actually, many centuries ago science was thought to relate to God, to the true knowledge of God. Since then, a more empirical perception of science has gradually evolved. This view has been broadly accepted. But in very recent years, some people have begun taking a fresh look at the whole question of how faith and reason relate. One of the most basic messages of Christian Science is that faith and reason really aren't in opposing camps. That, in fact, reason doesn't have to be based only on physical observations. It can be based on God being the primal cause and intelligence of the universe. So many people, Christian Scientists included, find the Bible filled with truth. And some see it virtually overflowing with spiritual facts, eternal laws, divine precepts, that accomplish much good through thought and prayer alone. These facts are dependable in times of trouble. …

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