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February 21st, 2007

(By John Andrews) I received Christian baptism on the eve of Easter 1993 at St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church in Denver, having resigned my lifelong membership in the Christian Science church several months before.

After I met Carl Gans in 1998, and we realized how similar our journeys from Mrs. Eddy’s teachings to the Cross had been, he suggested we co-author an open letter to Christian Scientists.

That was the origin of the Ananias statement, which circulated on paper for several years until this website was established about 2002. Along the way, David Petteys and Sonia Zawacki joined us as signers of the letter.

We’re now adding a blog to Ananias.org, for convenience in posting other written materials old and new, linking to relevant sites, and fostering discussion both among ourselves and with anyone who wishes to respond.

Briefly about myself: I was born in Michigan in 1944, attended Principia 1950-1966, joined the Mother Church in 1959, took Christian Science class instruction in 1972, and maintained close family and professional connections with Adventure Unlimited 1955-1981.

Upon giving my life to Jesus Christ in 1980 as the climax of an extended personal crisis of faith, I necessarily severed soon after from my post as First Reader in Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist, in Denver — and then from my employment with Adventure Unlimited. But it took me, as noted above, another dozen years to break finally from CS and embrace the Body of Christ.

My career has largely been in education, communications, public policy, and politics. I served two terms in the Colorado Senate, 1998-2005, and have since been a fellow with the Claremont Institute in Denver. Donna and I are members of Greenwood Community Church, part of the Evangelical Presbyterian denomination. Our three grown children, after some years in the wilderness spiritually, now all belong to St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton, Colorado.

The author can be reached at andrewsjk@aol.com

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