A critic of Christian Science asked a student thereof: "You do not regard Science and Health as a work of inspiration, do you?" and the prompt answer, "I certainly do!" was received with astonishment by the inquirer. Then followed the seemingly inevitable question, "Then you think that every word of the book is as if written at the dictation of God himself?" To this, answer was made in substance as follows:—

"That question is in the form of a mortal mind dilemma that would impale the defence of the truth either upon withholding honor where it is due, or upon giving utterance to that which will be seized upon to obscure the truth by raising dust clouds of prejudice.

"Every expression of Truth, in every age, is inspired; for God is Truth and, necessarily, every expression of Truth, by whomsoever uttered, must therefore have its true source in the divine. Truth being All, there can be but one ultimate source of its expression; and Moses, David, and Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, and all other writers commonly regarded as inspired, could no more exhaust the source of inspiration than a few pairs of hands could dip dry all the seas.

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True Gratitude
August 28, 1902

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