Declaring the Truth

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Mr. Editor:—Your masked correspondent on the subject of Christian Science ends his essay by declaring "Christian Science denies the plain truths of the Bible. It is neither Christian nor Scientific, is out of harmony with the fundamental principles of logic and common sense, and contrary to the experiences of human existence." This Science has been discovered by Mrs. Eddy in the teachings of Christ. It is Christian because its teaching and practice are in strict accord with Christ. It is spiritually Scientific because its basic lesson is the Scriptural teaching, "God is Spirit." It is logical, because every statement contained in the Christian Science text-book, Science and Health, is a consistent deduction from its premise.

Our critic declares his intention not to omit anything that would change the sense quoting from the Christian Science text-book, and yet some of the quotations which he has given, without their context, afford a very imperfect sense of Christian Science. Such is his quotation in respect to bathing and rubbing. Mrs. Eddy condemns these as hygienic methods, but she declares, "Cleanliness is next to godliness," and that "bathing should be for the sole purpose of keeping the body clean." Are Christian Scientists less clean in mind and body than other classes?

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