Reply to the Objections of a Clergyman

Los Angeles Evening Express

To the Editor of the Express:

Without caring to dispute with Rev. Thomas Stalker in his attack on Christian Science, I would like to cite, for his benefit and that of the Express readers who read your report of his paper, a fragment of history. It is found in the London Quarterly Review, vol. iv., 1820. "A Barrister" had a series of papers in that magazine in which he complained of the bigotry and fanaticism of the Methodists of that day. Instances of this fanaticism were cited and he expressed the opinion that the law should be invoked to put a stop to their practices. These practices were not only the healing of the sick, but the raising of the dead, according to the Methodist, a magazine of the sect to which Mr. Stalker belongs.

I would like it if Mr. Stalker would signify whether he regards John Wesley as having been a nuisance. If he does, he is consistent; if not, he is inconsistent in so stigmatizing Christian Scientists. According to Rev. Abel Stevens, Wesley's biographer, the founder of Methodism said, in answer to the question, "Do you believe in miracles?"

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April 12, 1900

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