Concerning Christian Science

Book Notes

The editor of the Providence, R. I. Journal said 28th January, 1899. "No one will deny that the Christian Scientist states a truism when he says that many diseases yield to purely mental treatment." Precisely, then why allow the State Board of Health to have a law against our sick men and women who wish to avail themselves of this curing by mind, instead of by medicine. President Hall of Clark University, the highest institution of learning in this country says, "it is idle to say that this (Christian Science) is a mere delusion, or that it can be stamped out by laws." This very learned man says also, "That mind can cure certain functional diseases, admits of no possible doubt." Then why does the general Assembly prohibit the use of it by law? This same very distinguished man said, "It is a most striking fact that so many intellectual men and women are at heart convinced of some very important and fundamental truths in Christian Science." Then can the General Assembly enforce a penal statute against it? It never can.

Last winter, Professor William James, one of the most cultivated and distinguished teachers at Harvard University, gave good labor and learning to defeating just such an infamous act presented in the Massachusetts General Assembly.

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