A Plea for Fair Play

The following excerpts are from an editorial in a recent issue of the Matteawan and Fishkill-on-Hudson Evening Journal, and we take pleasure in commending them to the consideration of any who are tempted to forsake their own legitimate field of labor and discuss their neighbor's religious views from a controversial standpoint. The editor of this paper writes:—

"The other evening one J. J. Kennedy, an evangelist, who has been giving some very interesting talks in a tent at the corner of Willow and Church Streets, Fishkill Landing, took as his subject, 'Christian Science: Is it of God?' It is not our business to discuss any form of religious belief, or unbelief, here, but from the purely secular standpoint of a rank outsider we would like to ask if 'Christian Science: Is it of God?'—then why not 'Methodism: Is it of God?' or 'Episcopalianism: Is it of God?' or 'Baptism: Is it of God?' or any other ism, for that matter.

"Christian Science has taken its place among the religions of the world, and all dogmatic assertions to the contrary, it will continue to grow and win its converts. It will grow because it is constructive rather than destructive, and because its Founder was wise enough not to say: 'Take my book and throw away the Bible,' but 'Take them both.' That is the secret of all success in the spreading of any belief among the people. Not to say, 'Stop believing as you have believed before, and believe my way,' but 'Take my beliefs and assimilate them with yours.' . . .

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August 11, 1906

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