Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Science and Religion: Common Ground

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Science and Religion: Common Ground

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THE title caught my attention: "Bridging the science-religion divide" (Monitor, July 27, 1994). It headed an article in this newspaper this past summer. I've studied both science and religion my whole life, but in a different way than you might think. I've studied the physical sciences--chemistry, physics, biology, and so on--sure, but more than that, I've studied Christian Science. Christian Science isn't a science that's included in the school curriculum, but it is Science. It's provable. And what makes it so remarkable is that it's a religion too. To me, it's even more. It's a way of life. It's a way of life for me because it's practical. That's why that article caught my attention. To many it seems absurd that science and religion could possibly be united, either in theory or practice. To others it seems wrong not to try to understand their common ground. To the individual bogged down in science as dealing solely with matter, this dilemma is not easily resolved. But a spiritual understanding of Science, that is, of divine Science, shows that if religion is to be practical, it actually must bridge the gap and be scientific. Mary Baker Eddy proved the practicality of both Science and religion by showing that divine Science and Christianity are so intertwined that they couldn't possibly be separated and still maintain their usefulness to humanity. What makes Christian Science unique is the intertwining of spiritual understanding with provability. Christian Science, which Mrs. Eddy discovered, is both deeply Christian and inescapably scientific. Useful as the material sciences of mathematics, biology, and chemistry are, they have nothing, really, to add to Christian Science, which is the application of the Science of Mind, or God, to human needs. Christian Science is not something that Mrs. Eddy made up or invented; she discovered and founded it through earnest study of the Bible, God's Word. Mrs. Eddy writes of her experience in her autobiography, Retrospection and Introspection. She says: "I wandered through the dim mazes of materia medica, till I was weary of `scientific guessing,' as it has been well called" (p. …
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