An Honest Endorsement

Mansfield (Pa.) Advertiser

Editor Advertiser.

Dear Sir:—In common with many other readers, I have been much interested in the controversy on the subject of Christian Science vs. Materia Medica that has been waged in your columns between Albert E. Miller (whoever he may be) and "Simeon" (identity not disclosed). While I have never investigated Christian Science and know little or nothing of its workings, it occurs to me that "Simeon" has utterly failed to make out a case, and an impartial judge would non-suit him. Leaving out of consideration the fact that his first article bears a striking resemblance to one on the same subject in the Outlook a short time previous, there remains that fact that his communications have almost entirely been devoted to abuse of Mrs. Eddy and the philosophy she teaches. "Simeon" seems to have overlooked the fact that abuse is not argument, that mere assertions are not facts, and that calling names is the last resort of a person who seeks a loophole of escape from an untenable position. Any system must stand or fail on its merits. If false, its own weight of error will drag it down; if true. persecution, ridicule, and abuse will only lead people who think for themselves to investigate and very frequently adopt it. Mr. Miller's communications, on the contrary, have been conspicuous for clearness and contrary. have been conspicuous with a skill that has separated "Simeon" from his logic, and will doubtless induce many readers to acquaint themselves more fully with a subject that has engaged the respectful attention of so many bright minds.

An Important Distinction
February 12, 1903

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