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Responding to the hungering heart

From the November 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Mother Church regularly receives thoughtful questions from individuals around the world wanting to learn more about Christian Science as part of their own spiritual journey. Some are simple inquiries, while others afford the opportunity for deeper thought and prayer. 

On occasion, the Office of the Committee on Publication will be invited to provide a response. Consistent with the duties of the Committee on Publication outlined in the Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy (see pp. 97–98), these are thoughtful opportunities to really lean into this Committee on Publication By-Law and humbly listen for the idea that will best lift misconceptions the inquirer might have about Christian Science—striving to ensure each answer supports a healing and corrective purpose. 

One such recent inquirer wrote, in part, “I’ve been considering Christian Science and have some tough questions I’ve been struggling with. . . . For context: I was raised without religion, so for me, atheism has been the only logical path to understanding the truth of our existence that I’ve known in my life so far. I’m hoping for something more, but I’m struggling to embrace any supernatural ideas without any compelling scientific evidence.” While not intended to provide the definitive answer to any of the deep questions this inquirer had, what follows is the substance of the Committee on Publication’s reply to this individual. The reply has been organized into questions and answers and edited for length. 

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