Practitioner’s Corner, by Rev. Dr. Peggy D. Farris, R.St.D.
From Peggy's Desk
Ernest Holmes describes the history of the Religious Science movement in the Study course of the Science of Mind, lesson 38. "There is nothing dogmatic about it. You can add the science of mind to your Religion, whatever form it may take, and find it compelling. Universal principles are never respecters of persons; the Universe has no favorites.”
The Earth isn't flat, as was proclaimed in the writings of Greek philosophers in the 3rd century BC when Hellenistic astronomers calculated the Earth's circumference. This was a new revelation opening more opportunities to explore further.
Then, they wondered if something was beyond the seashores. Leif Erikson, the son of Erik the Red, traveled much farther than his father. He went to North America before Columbus, who led the Pinta, Santa Maria, and the Nina and “conquered” America even though he was not the first to step on those shores. We look into the sky and may feel like we are falling into its magnificence because of its vastness.
Nikita Khrush-chev, the Soviet leader in 1957, claimed superiority. They launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. It orbited the Earth for three weeks until its batteries ran out, after which it orbited another two months and in 1958 it fell to the Earth. Then, Yuri Gagarin, the Soviet cosmonaut, began the space race by orbiting around the earth in Vostok 1 capsule on April 12, 1961.
We build telescopes that are larger and stronger than before so we, as humans on Earth, can try to see the ends of the universe. So far, the universe is unstoppable. We, as humans, search for signs of a God while evidence surrounds us on Earth and in the heavens above.
Holmes said, "A world without religions would be chaos. A world built on dogma alone would be arbitrary." As we seek more knowledge, we must remember to keep our faith. It should be easy as we continue discovering more of the magnificence of God's creations in the heavens.
The people discovered the Earth is round, other civilizations lived across the open sea, and the atmosphere and grav-ity help orbit an object around the Earth. Now we build more giant telescopes and send spaceships searching for more civilizations and signs that God created a fantastical universe.
Holmes continued, "Religion is One. Faith is One, Truth is One. There is One reality at the heart of all religions, whether their name is Hindu, Mohammedan, Christian, or Jewish. While the Universal Mind contains all knowledge and is the potential of all things, only as much truth comes to us as we can receive. "
Step outside after dark on a cloudless evening. Gaze at the open sky. See the vastness our eyes can see, knowing that even the largest telescopes can't see the end. Then, stop in wonder and awe, realize the immensity of perfection, knowing an almighty, Essence of Creation put this all together and gave you and me the power of the mind to con-ceive, believe, and receive our images as reality.
Rev Dr Peggy D Farris, R.St.D.