The Boy in Christian Science

A boy! What does the term suggest? An upright sort of individual, not given to sentiment, but with a scorn for sham, a boundless capacity for "getting into things," and a true little heart kept hidden from the public in general, but surely discovered by a boy-lover. A religion that gets such hold of this boy as to enter even into his play, and call forth expressions of regret from him that "Sunday School is so short," must, indeed, have "something in it."

Amongst my many boy friends I number some Christian Scientists, boys who are endeavoring to demonstrate Truth for themselves, seeking to apply it in daily life, and I am prompted to give a few of their experiences as nearly as possible in their own words, and as you read, bear in mind that these boys are truly "boys," in all that word implies, full of activity and full of fun.

A few weeks ago final examinations were being held, and in one boy's class they began sooner than he expected. "I was scared," he said, "when the teacher told us, but I said to myself, 'Look here, I ain't afraid. There's nothing to be afraid of. Truth is all.' And I kept on thinking this way, and I got through all right and they gave me a special promotion." The principal of one of the large schools remarked to one boy's mother upon the ease with which he took his examinations, an ease which is the result of demonstration. To those who know anything of the suffering most children undergo while taking examinations, it ought to be a joy that some at least are finding their way out of the bondage of fear incident to the experience.

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The Only Way
October 16, 1902

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