The Passing of Intolerance

Fortunately for mankind, religious intolerance, which has been the cause of more bitter quarrels, more shedding of blood, more suffering than all else in the history of the world, is on the wane, and the rights of each person to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience is more clearly recognized. Broad-gauge men of all denominations know that true brotherliness and true religion go hand in hand, and that neither is advanced by abuse and malicious misrepresentation of the views of others. The rule is proved by the exception when some person becomes imbued with the idea that he has a special mission to save the world from the danger of a religion differing from his own.

The progress of thought along the line of toleration is noticeable in the attitude of the public toward Christian Science, and in no particular is it more clearly seen and more distinctly emphasized than in the willingness of editors, judges, lawyers, ministers, physicians, and other public men to introduce our lecturers, and in many editorials recently appearing in the daily press, which recognize the position of Christian Scientists as consistent with the teachings of Christ Jesus and well within their rights as law-abiding citizens. Truly the leaven of love is at work, and the brotherhood of man, the kingdom of heaven, has come nigh unto this generation. Divine Love is reflected in loving tenderness and forbearance, and is healing the prejudice and intolerance which has belittled and beclouded humanity throughout all ages. M.

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If I had Time!
December 4, 1902

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