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The Reading (Pa.) Eagle

Sufficient time has elapsed since the publication of your report of the paper on Christian Science read at the Lutheran conference at Boyertown to relieve one of any possible charge of acting hastily in offering a reply to the objections lodged against Christian Science in the paper in question.

Let us glance for a moment at the leading statement in the report: "The speaker said that to handle the matter properly would require more reading than he had done; he had not even seen the books of its Founder." One hardly needs to point out to the fair-minded readers of your paper the necessity of rejecting as utterly unworthy of belief the statements of any individual concerning any subject whatsoever who starts out by announcing that he has not taken the trouble to go to the authorities on the subject which he proposes to discuss. Would this gentleman, for instance, like to have the situation reversed and to have his own faith, which is presumably based on the teachings of Luther, tried and found wanting without the objector first having looked into the teachings of Martin Luther? As a result of this very questionable and one-sided method of considering Christian Science, we find that both the premises and conclusions as published are utterly at variance with the truth. Now let me for a moment offset this gentleman's statements concerning Christian Science by writing down a few facts:—

The Founder of Christianity instructed his followers to "preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick," and he proceeded to show them how this should be done by innumerable examples. Said he, "The works that I do shall he do also," and for several centuries many of those who believed on him were not only saved from sin, but from sickness as well, through the operation of their faith. Throughout succeeding generations those who worshiped the Father in spirit and in truth were seldom without tangible evidence of the efficacy of their faith in God to heal their bodily ills, as well as to supply their spiritual needs. It is recorded that on at least one occasion Luther healed physical disease through faith in God. Religious reformers, as a rule, have repeatedly drawn attention to the much ignored admonition of our Master to regard our heavenly Father as one who heals our diseases as well as forgives our iniquities.

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December 22, 1906

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