IS IT IMAGINARY?

The sermon of Rev. J. E. Roberts, published in the October Journal, recalls what has been said here by opponents of Christian Science concerning several remarkable cases of healing through Science. First they say the illness was largely or wholly imaginary, and next that the cures are imaginary. In this little city (Stockton, Cal.) of twenty thousand inhabitants, at least forty persons who had suffered several years have been restored to health within a couple of years. Of this number about half were regarded as incurable, and many had spent large sums for doctors' services and medicines.

Take the arguments, or rather the assumptions, of these people as they are stated, and what is the logical deduction? It must be either that Christian Science so operates upon a diseased imagination as to dispel the delusion that its victim is ill, or that it operates to the converse, and supplants a reality of disease with a delusion of health. The first position seems much like unconsciously granting the claim of Science. The grant is not well made, and does not benefit the cause of Science much, but if examined by the thoughtful must be regarded as an admission that "there is something in it"—a phrase very often employed to express half belief.

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