In one of your recent numbers a correspondent treated...

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Editor Public Opinion:

In one of your recent numbers a correspondent treated the subject of churches under the head "Church Shells, " and included the Christian Science church among the other denominations he mentioned. Speaking of the Christian Science church, the gentleman states that "it has thousands of beautiful women striving to handle it." Your correspondent might also have added that besides these, there are many thousands of men, representing the business, social, scientific, and in fact every worthy walk of public and private life, who have a prominent part in carrying on this religious movement, which is supplied with evidence on every hand corroborative of its success in dealing with the moral, physical, and mental problems confronting this age.

Our critic goes on to state that "wherever this shell lands it is sure to kill or cure, and declares that it is "the latest religious pseudo-'scientific' church-shell. Whatever is meant by "church-shell" as regards Christian Science, I confess I do not know; but I am able to state that Christian Science is nothing more nor less than the demonstrable religion of Christ Jesus spiritually understood. This scientific religion applied, heals sickness and sin as it did throughout the earthly experience of the Founder of Christianity and that of his early followers; and while it is established as an effective prophylactic as well as therapeutic agent, it is well know that it embraces no teaching or practice which could harm by any means whatever. Neither is Christian Science a false or pseudo science. We maintain that there is the truth about God, in which is centered the sole concern of Christian Science; and, according to this teaching, the truth regarding "Our Father which art in heaven" is a science, which is neither false nor human, but demonstrable and benign in its influence whenever and wherever understandingly brought to bear upon thought.

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