One Man's Experience

Perhaps the gravest trial of my earlier days was being made to go to church and Sunday School when my weekday companions made fun of me. At fifteen years of age a Presbyterian revival interested me very much. The wisdom of not joining the church under the influence of excitement was soon apparent to me. At eighteen years of age I joined the Episcopal Church, hoping that the vows would help me to become a better man. The result was a more serious study of religious questions.

I had accepted belief in God as I had the love of my parents, until reading Paley's "Natural Theology," doubts began to creep in. Then evolution seemed to be the most rational belief; though I realized that the eastern fable applied to my case,—the fable being that the world rested upon an elephant, the elephant upon a wolf, and the wolf upon a terrapin, and the priests cut your head off if you asked further questions.

Testimony of Healing
A Wonderful Case of Healing
April 18, 1901

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