Give it a Fair Hearing

Evening Leader

It seems reasoable when one wished correct knowledge on any subject, to inquire from those who have given it fair, careful, and comprehensive study, and who may for that reason be supposed to speak intelligently. In the matter of Christian Science, however, some are willing to accept the dictum of those whose sole qualification seems to be that they do not believe in it, or glibly and authoritatively pronounce it a "delusion" and "fraud." We presume if these people ever read the Christian Science text-book, it was in a severely critical frame of mind, a condition not conducive to an appreciation or correct understanding of any work. It speaks much for this book, however, that very many who have become its enthusiastic admirers were formerly as bitterly opposed to its teachings as its present most virulent assailants. The transformation in the life of Saul, the enemy of the church, "breathing out threatenings and slaughter," to Paul, its most illustrious defender, is scarcely more remarkable than the experience of many who have been driven, rather than led, to turn to this as a last resort, and being healed, fully restored to health, and so to hope and happiness, naturally become its devoted champions. ... The Christian Scientist, as we understand, rests his case wholly on the example of Christ and his precepts and commands given for all who believe in and obey him in all ages and all places, a never-failing, priceless legacy of divine law and love. Christ says: "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing," and "the Father that dwelleth in me. he doeth the works," and many other utterances of like character, all together sufficient for those who believe in him and them.

Whether the public approve or not this religious belief, its wonderful, almost unexampled, increase in the past ten years in many parts of the world, seems to indicate that it is something more than a passing fad soon to have its little day and disappear as many others have done. If it really meets a need of the people, if it quenches their spiritual thirst and satisfies their hungering for the bread of life, the people will have it.

Not Loss, but Gain
August 28, 1902

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