Apropos of the recent controversy regarding the physical...

Santa Ana (Cal.) Register

Apropos of the recent controversy regarding the physical condition of Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, a letter from this lady published in the New York Independent of this week may be of interest to both friends and critics.

The letter was written in response to a request from the editor of The Independent for a statement from her as to the truth of her alleged illness, and the reply is written in her own handwriting, a facsimile of which is reproduced, and which The Independent remarks shows "none of that tremulous unevenness which often appears in the chirography of a person of that age, she being in her eighty-sixth year." This is all the more significant from the fact that The Independent has heretofore been rather a harsh critic of the cult. Editorially it says, "While not counted among the disciples of Christian Science, we would not be slow to recognize and admire the earnestness, devotion, and Christian spirit of its people. Men may differ as to its underlying philosophy, but none can question the deep faith of its adherents in God, their true discipleship of Jesus Christ, and the religious vitality of their Church."

A passage from Mrs. Eddy's letter evinces a commendable catholicity of spirit towards all denominations; viz., "What we love determines what we are. I love the prosperity of Zion, be it promoted by Catholic, by Protestant, or by Christian Science, ... I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art. The divine Principle of Christian Science will ultimately be seen to control both religion and art in unity and harmony. God is Spirit, and 'they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.' "

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