In one place in his sermon the preacher [whose remarks...

Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal

In one place in his sermon the preacher [whose remarks are reported in the Journal] has said that drug physicians may learn some useful things from Christian Science. In another place he says that Christian Science may be good "for persons who are not very sick," and in yet another he says, "The power of mind over body is almost unlimited." He claims that God may cure diseases in answer to prayer, with or without medicine, according to "His gracious will." Here is a medley of self-contradictions. If drug physicians can learn anything useful from Christian Science, it is not to help "persons who are not very sick." If it be God's gracious will that a patient shall get well without medicine, in answer to prayer, can it make any difference to God whether the patient is or is not "very sick"? Does the preacher really think that God diagnoses the cases and then decides that some cases can be cured by prayer only, some even by Christian Science prayers; that some of them are so bad that drugs must be called in to aid Deity, and that some are so hopelessly bad that both Deity and drugs must abandon them as incurable? In view of this medley, surely it is just to inquire of our critic which he depends upon as the safest and surest, pill or prayer, drug or Deity.

Clarence A. Buskirk.

June 24, 1905
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