THE GODS OF OUR FATHERS

The following incident well illustrates the fact that many people hesitate to read Christian Science literature or to discuss Christian Science with those familiar with its scope and aim because they are afraid their religious opinions may become unsettled. A devout church member, having conquered her fear of a Scientist from having had him under surveillance rather as a man than as a religionist, spent an hour asking him eager questions, all the answers to which she accepted as common sense and satisfactory; but then she asked: "If I do read Science and Health with an unprejudiced mind, as you suggest, will it shake my faith in my own church?"

The answer was given: "Christian Science will emphasize everything that is true in your religion by proving it to be so; it will teach you how to make the Sermon on the Mount practical in daily life; how, literally, to love your neighbor as yourself and God above all. These are the aims of every true Christian, and by means of Science and Health you can know instead of believe the truth about the Christian religion, no matter what denomination you belong to. If you accept and prove only those statements in Science and Health that appeal to you, and let the others alone for the time being; and if you accept no one's dictum, not even mine, a Scientist's, you will gain a satisfaction in religion you have never known before, no matter how ardent a believer you may have been."

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