A Reply to "Enquirer"

The Onlooker

To the Editor of The Onlooker.

Sir:— As you were good enough to insert in your valuable paper of the 2nd inst. my last communication, I take the liberty of replying to a few remarks on "Christian Science" by "Enquirer" in your issue of the 9th inst. He remarks, "As far as I can understand its methods, the patient is subjected to a long course of prayer and fasting, in the course of which the body is exhausted and the mind becomes impressionable, consequently the patient is subject to hallucinations suggested by the operating Scientists." It is evident from this remark that your correspondent has not carefully studied Christian Science, as it works, in fact, on exactly the opposite method—the basis being moral and intellectual, not emotional. The mental attitude of Christian Science is, in fact, precisely the same as that of physical Science, only working through spiritual or mental, instead of physical, laws. It tests as it advances. It stands by results—i.e., demonstrated truth: "Not creed but deed, not theory but practice, says its author. It courts fair and impartial, but not prejudiced, investigation. When understood it can be demonstrated. By adhering to the Principle of Christian Science one can obtain definite and assured results. Christian Science is certainly absorbing the attention of some of the best and keenest minds of the day.

As regards medical testimony, J.Clarke Whittier, M.S., expresses himself as follows: "My investigations have proven to my entire satisfaction that Christian Science is not a more system of healing, but I have found, as one gains the understanding of its Principle, and lives it, the healing of physical, mental, and moral ills necessarily follows. With me the truth of Christian Science is not a matter of belief, but of understanding; not of faith, but of works; not of theory, but of demonstration. I have tried it and found it not wanting. I have seen it stand the test in so many instances that my certainty that it is founded on unchanging Principle has reached the condition of absolute conviction."

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