The reverend gentleman [who criticises Christian Science]...

Washington (D. C.) Post

The reverend gentleman [who criticises Christian Science] is quite severe, but is he exact? When he says Christian Science destroys faith in the religion of the Christian Church, he is woefully mistaken and unjust, for it is doing the very works which the early Christian Church did and all should be doing now, and which the great Master enjoined, viz., "To preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." Those who are Christian Scientists are endeavoring to do this, and do it in all love and respect to other systems of religion, carefully refraning from condemning others for not doing it. When the gentleman asserts that Christian Science is not Christian, he simply means it does not agree with his own peculiar views of Christianity; and we might well ask, How many sick folk has his understanding of Christianity enabled him to heal? A profound respect is entertained by Mrs. Eddy for the sacred Scriptures, and she lays great stress upon gaining the spiritual meaning, agreeing with Paul that "the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." Christian Science does not teach, as asserted, that "things do not exist at all, and denies that God made them," but explains that the universe is not what purely material perception would have us believe it to be. So far from denying the trinity, Mrs. Eddy gives a very satisfactory explanation of it, and the very name "Christian Science" shows its followers to have unbounded reverence for their great Master as the Son of God.

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