In Answer to Criticism

Montclair (N. J.) Herald

Mr. Editor.

In a recent issue you reported a sermon by the Rev. Orville Reed. I am sure the gentleman will not be offended if we assure him that he has altogether misapprehended the spiritual import of Christian Science. He has only considered it from a material point of view. Instead of "comparing spiritual things with spiritual," he has compared the spiritual teaching of this Science with his material views, and for this reason takes exceptions to it. He refers to Berkeley as "their philosophical founder." While good Bishop Berkeley correctly stated human phenomena, he did not even attempt the teaching of Christian Science, that God is infinite Spirit, Mind, Love, and the universe is the expression or reflection of the deific Mind. Berkeley did not even give us a hint regarding divine cause and effect. His ideas were good, and were in their sphere a very correct explanation of one's material impressions.

March 7, 1903

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