A Good Rule

New London (Conn.) Telegraph

The following editorial commendation of the recent by-law of The Mother Church, "Church Organizations Ample," is further recognition of Mrs. Eddy's wise leadership of the Christian Science movement, and gives evidence of the editor's keen appreciation of the deeper needs of the home life, so often lost sight of in social organizations.—[Eds.]

If any large proportion of the people of the country were members of the Christian Science church, and if they obeyed the by-law, there would be a decided overthrow in "jinerdom," and it would be a good thing. There are good reasons for such a by-law, which are so obvious as hardly to need particular mention. If Mrs. Eddy wishes to discourage these organizations among those members of the church within her immediate reach, she should rather be commended for good judgment than criticised for arbitrariness.

It would be good for society at large if some influence could go forth to turn men on the one hand from their legion of lodges and clubs and other such things from whose membership women are excluded; and on the other hand to turn women from those various organizations which no male may enter. These things are not so bad in themselves, many of them have the worthiest of objects, but the tendency of their multiplicity is to deteriorate and disintegrate the home. For coming to its rescue with all the power which she possesses,—assuming that such is her purpose,—one can only praise Mrs. Eddy. The action commends her foresight and clear judgment.

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December 3, 1904

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