Some years ago, while still a member of a denominational...

Some years ago, while still a member of a denominational church, I began attending the Christian Science church services. I found the reading of the Lesson-Sermon instructive, and acceptable with one exception. Each Sunday as the Reader announced that he would read from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I was very much stirred up. I invariably said to myself, "Why give out the name of the author?" I thought it over a great deal, and thought the services would be all right if only Mrs. Eddy's name were omitted. This opposition in thought to the use of Mrs. Eddy's name grew stronger as the weeks went by, until it finally seemed almost unbearable, and I thought I would have to give up going to church.

While I was thinking it over, trying to determine what I should do, the thought came to me that although it seemed so distasteful to me, and might seem so to some others, in reality there could be no harm in such an announcement, and that perhaps my dislike for it might be a personal prejudice of my own. With this thought I felt somewhat relieved and decided to continue my attendance at church, which I did, still thinking, however, how much better it would be to omit all mention of Mrs. Eddy's name. During this time I was reading the textbook and was much interested in it. But this one question was the perplexing one at that time.

March 19, 1921

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