"THE CHRIST MODE OF UNDERSTANDING LIFE—of exterminating sin and suffering and their penalty, death—I have largely committed to you, my faithful witnesses," wrote Mary Baker Eddy in a letter to The Christian Science Board of Lectureship. She called lecturers "... the needed and the inevitable sponsors for the twentieth century, reaching deep down into the universal and rising above theorems into the transcendental, the infinite—yea, to the reality of God, man, nature, the universe." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 248.
Now that we're in the 21st century, is this message that the Board of Lectureship brings to the world still significant? You bet it is!
The May 29,2006, issue of Business Week had a cover story indicating the world's demand for something better than what a matter-based, medical approach to healthcare can offer. It read, "Medical Guesswork: From heart surgery to prostate care, the health industry knows little about which common treatments really work." The article noted that according to a recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one-third of clinical studies lead to conclusions that are later overturned. Business Week quotes Dr. David Eddy, a highly respected heart surgeon, as saying, "The problem is that we don't know what we are doing." He concluded, "What's required is a revolution called 'evidence-based medicine.'" John Carey, "Medical Guesswork," Business Week, May 29, 2006, pp. 73, 77.
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