Christian Science and Dr. Gunsaulus

Chicago (III.) Journal

There may be reasonable objections to Christian Science, but that urged by Dr. Gunsaulus is certainly not one of them. In effect, he condemns Christian Science because it minimizes, if it does not wholly banish, pain and sorrow.

"Pain," says the eminent president of Armour institute, "is the incontestable witness to life and strength. There is no progress without it." These words may have an esoteric meaning which escapes the eye of the casual observer, but their obvious meaning is irreconcilable with common sense. To say that there is no progress without pain is like saying that man cannot walk except with broken legs; that soundness is born of decay, that virtue is the product of sin, happiness the consequent of grief. It is true that this is a view once popular, which was that man is a miserable worm by nature, graciously permitted to live a while in suffering.

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