The first aspect of the subject which whetted my curiosity...

The Onlooker

[Captain Geoffrey Wilkinson, who contributes the article on Christian Science to our issue of to-day, is the son of the late Colonel Wilkinson, of the Bengal Staff Corps. He passed into Woolwich nine years ago, and obtained his commission in the Royal Engineers. He first came in contact with Christian Scientists while serving at Peshawa, on the Afghan frontier. On his return to England he passed for the Staff College, but a year later he resigned his commission to devote his entire time to Christian Science.—Editor Onlooker.]

The first aspect of the subject which whetted my curiosity was the assurance that Christian Science is a demonstrable religion—an assurance which subsequent experience has abundantly justified. The claim that it could be applied to all the problems of life was, moreover, one which certainly courted investigation. At the time that Christian Science found me, I was—like, I suppose, the majority of people nowadays—an agnostic—one who did not know what to believe. It seemed to me that the belief one held was merely a matter of birth and education. The believer in any given religion would consider his the only true faith, and all who differed from him would fall into the natural category of heretics. All could not be right. If not, which was? And if one faith was right, what proof could it offer of the truth of its teaching? In no case, however, did proof seem to be forthcoming, and so, like many another. I was content to leave the whole puzzling subject severely alone.

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