Christian Science vs. Materialism

Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Republican

A Chicago minister of an orthodox church startled his congregation somewhat a Sunday or two ago by congratulating the advocates of Christian Science upon the progress they were making, and he declared that the growth of this sect "is a protest against the materialism of the age." There can be but little doubt but this Chicago minister is correct. The new sect has attracted a very intelligent and refined class of people—people in whom the spiritual element has either been developed, or is capable of being developed. It also appeals to those who are weary and heavy laden. It is altogether probable that a majority of Christian Scientists have been drawn to this church because of the fact that it is very far removed from what is known as materialism.

Putting aside the peculiar doctrines of this latest sect in regard to disease, and you find a creed very simple, if indeed it may be called a creed at all. It is simply the doctrine of love as proclaimed by Christ. And these people for the most part seem to practise what they preach. It is said of them that they seldom speak evil even of their enemies.

Medicine and Science
February 19, 1903

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