In response to a comment appearing October 8 in the Canberra Times, a letter to the editor was submitted, although it was not published. As a fair hearing is essential to clarifying misunderstandings held by the public about Christian Science, I include my response below:
A recent talk by a Christian Scientist on “the how, why, and wonder of spiritual healing” considered the serious question of how such healing happens. It certainly isn’t “paranormal,” as one commenter assumed (Oct 8), nor, for Christian Scientists, is it at odds with reason and understanding. Yes, in many ways the significant healings that have taken place in Christian Scientists’ practice do challenge conventional material assumptions about the nature and processes of life. So does New Testament Christianity on the whole with its extraordinary emphasis on the healing power of divine Love. Yet as Christian Scientists see it, this serious spiritual commitment is (or should be) the opposite of ignorant or magical belief in the supernatural. The bio-sciences have come to generally support the idea that there is a distinct connection between thought and body. Present-day experiences of healing through genuine prayer and communion with God take this connection much farther, but they aren’t irrational. Having been healed myself of physical problems as well as depression through this healing practice, I see it as raising a question profoundly worthy of thoughtful consideration and continued exploration: how can we better understand and live this healing love for the benefit of all humankind?
Christian Science Committee on Publication