Practical Christianity

Portland Oregonian

Mr. Editor.

Christian Science makes no "miraculous claims" in the generally accepted sense of the term, if by miraculous is meant a special divine intervention, but its cures of mental, moral, and physical discord are rather the result of an application in consciousness of the universally operative law of God, divine Mind. Wholesome and reliable witnesses of the fact that Christian Science is eminently practical and effective are well in evidence in almost every community, so that claims to healing are a matter of sight rather than faith in the miraculous.

It is a misconception of its basic teaching to attribute "the rapid rise of Christian Science" to "mysticism" or to "dreams." Its teaching is an earnest protest against mysticism in every form, and its effective appeal to Jew and Gentile alike is due to the fact that an understanding thereof annihilates dogma and mystery by reason of its simplicity and rationality.

A Thoughtful Reply
April 4, 1903

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