A Manly Protest

THE following appeal to Christian ideals and Christian charity by Rev. De Witt T. Van Doren of New York, is but an expression of that inevitable reaction which, among thinking people, always follows the harsh, unwarranted criticism characteristic of religious prejudice.

Its most gratifying paragraph is that which bears witness to the fact that the spirit manifested by Christian Scientists is worthy of their profession, "Being defamed they still entreat their critics to deal kindly and candidly with them, since they desire nought but the furtherance of the truth." If all Scientists will at all times prove worthy of this encomium, and pursue the even tenor of their way, undisturbed and unresentful, manifesting only pa tience, brotherly kindness, and love, they will not only honor their high calling of God, but they will have the satisfaction of seeing that the evil which is spoken of them through ignorance and misapprehension, is not only failing of its purpose, but that it is opening doors everywhere for the coming of the Truth of Christian Science. Truth is uncompromising and intolerant of all error, it cannot be otherwise; but love is kind, considerate, patient, meek, and in the true christian Scientist truth and love are never separated in manifestation. One of the assuring evidences of the presence of truth is the stir and turmoil it awakens. Criticism both just and unjust, is incidental to truth's advance through imperfect media, and it should simply prompt all to increased thoughtfulness, humility, discretion, and above all, love. Every faithful Scientist will be mindful ever that the only way to overcome evil is with good.

We are thankful for our brother's truly Christian spirit and for his earnest, loving words. We are indebted to the New York Journal for the copy of the address, from which we make these excerpts.

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May 9, 1901

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