Fifteen years ago a copy of Science and Health was loaned...

Fifteen years ago a copy of Science and Health was loaned to a member of our family, and although none of us were in especial need of physical healing we became intellectually interested in Christian Science. Unitarian teaching had given us an easy tolerance of all human philosophies and religions, and we readily accepted in theory the proposition that God is Mind, and that Mind creates and governs all. I myself was young, arrogant, and well satisfied with my treasures on earth; but I took pride in speaking patronizingly of Christian Science as teaching much that was good, although of course no liberal-minded person could accept the whole of any one doctrine. I did not, however, honor Science and Health with my personal attention, preferring to dabble in latter-day theories of evolution, physiological psychology, etc. The use of medicine was gradually discontinued in our family, and we came to depend entirely upon what we called "Christian Science with Mrs. Eddy left out." Into this false teaching we were led by intellectual arrogance and self-will, which so deified themselves in our consciousness that we believed that God was showing us the way.

Although repudiating the movement and the church organization, certain members of the family continued to read Science and Health from time to time, and to this fact we owe our deliverance form darkness. My older sister first "came to herself" and found the strait and narrow way back to our Father's house. At the time when she joined the Mother Church in Boston I was teaching in another city where I knew no Christian Scientists and none who were interested in "science falsely so-called." My sister gave me a copy of Science and Health in which I promised to read a little every day. The light of Truth thus admitted to my thought began presently to reveal some of the errors existing therein,—the inconsistency of claiming to understand what I could not demonstrate; the arrogance of expressing an opinion on a subject which I had never really investigated; the self-righteousness of refusing to accept spiritual guidance from those who had proved by their works that they possessed a fuller knowledge of Truth than I. It gradually became clear to me that those who make the most rapid progress in any line of thought are in the nature of the case leaders, while those who advance more slowly are of necessity followers, and will so continue until they succeed in bringing forth works as mighty as those more advanced.

April 9, 1904
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