Christian Science nowhere teaches that it is possible for...

Rochester (N. Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

Christian Science nowhere teaches that it is possible for any one to step with the "bare foot on the point of a tack" and not be hurt. Christian Science is a preventive as well as a means of cure. As such it enables those who understand something of what it means, to avoid accidents that otherwise might come to them. It is, however, the experience of hundreds of Christian Scientists that accidents which have come to them since being interested in Christian Science have been cured with far less suffering and inconvenience than were similar accidents as treated by ordinary medical means before they knew of Christian Science.

It is said over and over again that Christian Science is the philosophy of Bishop Berkeley. Bishop Berkeley made the statement that there is "no such thing as matter." This, however, is no proof that Christian Science is Berkeleyan philosophy. The same statement has been made for twenty-five hundred years by different schools of thought, and is made to-day by certain physical scientists; but this does not prove any of these to be Christian Scientists. There is nothing in the purpose, message, or work of Christian Science to put it in the class with any of these schools of thought.

Christian Science is primitive Christianity. It is the Christianity of Jesus and of the Christian Church for three centuries after the crucifixion. It is the Christianity which heals the sick, the sorrowing, and the sinful through the power of God appearing to man as the mind "which was also in Christ Jesus."

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