Worthy of His Hire

The News and Courier

To the Editor of The News and Courier:— Your issue of the 7th inst, gives publicity to certain editorial comments of the New york Evening Sun in reference to Christian Science. I hope you will allow me a little of your valuable space for a word in reply to the same.

Referring to the statement of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, "I have always believed that Christian Scientists should be law-abiding," the Sun exclaims: "What a concession on the part of Mrs. Eddy!" What concession can the able writer possibly have reference to? I admit that I am somewhat puzzled. Mrs. Eddy simply states what she has "always believed," and surely there is nothing in the history of Christian Science to indicate that its followers have ever been anything but peaceful, law-abiding, Christian people. They believe in doing right under all circumstances, and that it is, most assuredly, right to obey the laws of our land. I fail to see where any "concession," whatever has been made by Mrs. Eddy.

In reference to the proposed legislation in Missouri declaring against Christian Science practitioners receiving pay for their services, the able editor assumes a queer position. Why should not the Christian Scientist be remunerated for his services in healing the sick through material medicine, or the minister who preaches the Gospel? The Christian Scientist does not force his services on any one. No one is compelled to receive them. When, therefore, he is called to treat a case of sickness, it is because the patient prefers the Christian Science treatment to any other, and, as a rule, believes it will help him, or else he would not want it.

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May 2, 1901

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