What the polls have to say about religion may not always be the final word. Imagine the outcome of a survey in the first century about the future of Christianity! Not very encouraging ... or accurate! Popular surveys today can easily miss some pretty basic points. If, for example, we hear that a high proportion of people in the United States has faith, what kind of faith are we talking about? Is this the practical faith of first-century Christianity? On the other hand, if we read that many people in the British Isles and Europe are losing faith, what kind of faith is it that they are losing? Our cover story, "A new kind of faith in God," explores these questions. It discusses the sort of spiritual dimension that is hard to quantify but that can be the source of new dynamism for Christianity in the late twentieth century.

A conversation with a Methodist minister in this issue expresses that vitality which returns to religion when prayer is seen to be a practical answer to life's challenges. As the founder of this magazine, Mary Baker Eddy, once wrote, "When the human senses wake from their long slumber to see how soon earth's fables flee and faith grows wearisome, then that which defies decay and satisfies the immortal cravings is sought and found" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany).

—The Editors

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A new kind of faith in God
September 16, 1991

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