A Reply to Criticism

Boston Transcript

To the Editor.

Reviewing the discussion of Christian Science by Rev. F. A. Gilmore of Madison, Wis., I desire to thank him for the kindly temper manifested in his essay and especially the courteous tribute which he offers to the character and sincerity of the Discoverer and Founder of this Science. This part of his effort is surely a pleasant relief from the unkindly spirit manifested by some critics who seem to think that Christian Science cannot be sufficiently vilified without maligning its author. I am sure that Mr. Gilmore will not be offended if I call his attention to what seems to me a misapprehension of some points relating to this Science.

He declares that Christian Science teaches "that matter is in its essence a form of mind," while "its conclusion presents a flat contradiction by saying that matter is only a form of mortal mind and not divine at all." Then he adds: "Matter is the source of all our ills, says the Christian Scientist. Yes, but it is also the source of all our pleasures." In this contention our friend has evidently failed to grasp what Christian Science gives in return for what it repudiates in its declaration that "matter is only a form of mortal mind, and not divine."

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Life and Death
August 7, 1902

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