An Interview: with a Historian

Sir James Butler is a fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge, England. His published works include a book on the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832, a life of Lord Lothian, and parts of the official British history of the Second World War, of which he is the Editor. He is keenly interested in Biblical scholarship, but does not claim any expert knowledge in this field. "God is revealed in history," says Sir James. "Christianity is a historical religion. It pays great attention to historical fact."

How can Christian Science be an influence for good in a historian's life?

A Christian Scientist colleague of mine off to a foreign country to do historical research found that the principal materials he meant to work on had been destroyed more than a century ago. But he prayed about it in Christian Science and unexpectedly found another field branching out of that which could be worked upon, and he's made a tremendous success of it. Christian Scientists reject limitation. A historian who is a Christian Scientist, knowing that man is an expression of omniscient Mind, can claim all the knowledge and intelligence needed for his work.

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Christianity and Eternal Life
June 1, 1968

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