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A friend recently said to us: "It seems to me you would be more closely following Jesus, whom you profess to emulate, if you would go into the slums with your work, feeding the hungry and rescuing the perishing, instead of erecting magnificent and costly temples of worship throughout the country."

In reply, we might say : You live in a fine home, beautifully located and richly furnished; you vote for, and approve, the expensive courthouse, statehouse, schoolhouse, and for those massive piles of brick and stone labeled "Poorhouse," "Asylum," or "Hospital." We believe, however, a more thoughtful answer will help to clear the atmosphere respecting the matter.

Christian Scientists claim for their religion that it is, first and foremost, a thoroughly practical, every-day system of thought for the correct government of every details of human life. A system just as practical in the slums, socalled, as in any other field. We voice the sentiment of hundreds of thousands in saying that they are living evidences of Christian Science fruitage from the slums of despondency, drunkenness, despair, hatred, malice, revenge, and vice.

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The Arch-Enemy, Discouragement
October 16, 1902

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