Rev. John Snyder and Christian Science

Under the above heading the Christian Register of July 18, 1901, publishes a reply by Mr. Alfred Farlow to a criticism on Christian Science by Rev. John Snyder.

The Christian Register makes the following editorial comment in connection with Mr. Farlow's article:—

Mr. Alfred Farlow we understand to be the accredited literary representative of Christian Science and Mrs. Eddy. Having printed a lengthy criticism by Rev. John Snyder and a more moderate one by Mrs. Wooley, we allow Mr. Farlow this week the right, which he claims, to make reply. No one supposes that these three articles will contain all that might be said on all sides of the questions raised, but they contain quite enough to satisfy the editorial sense of due proportion in the presentation of thought on this subject. We do not, therefore, regard the subject as now open for discussion in the Register, but rather closed by Mr. Farlow's rejoinder. Private experience is instructive; and from it we learn that question and answer, argument and rejoinder, assertion and denial on this subject, may go on endlessly, with little convincing power on either side. The truth seems to us to be that this is a clear case of natural selection. Christian Science claims its own, and selects them out of any community as promptly and as surely as the magnet separates the iron filings from sand. Those who are elected to Christian Science take to its literature with alacrity, while the non-elect are repelled by it.

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From a Unitarian Clergyman
August 1, 1901

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