Reprinted from The Christian Science Monitor: Why heaven is no fantasy

A few weeks ago the news lit up with physicist Stephen Hawking’s most recent statement about God. He told the British newspaper The Guardian that heaven is a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Though the famed physicist’s long-standing skepticism about the existence of a higher power didn’t come as a surprise, what did surprise me was the instant flashback I had to the moment I came upon Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures for the first time. I opened the book at random, and my eyes fell upon a word that, like Mr. Hawking’s “fairy story,” would be considered somewhere in the realm of fantasy. It was the word ghosts. But Mrs. Eddy was using the word in a profoundly different way—to shine a light on God, not away from Him.

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