Christian Science occupies to so great a degree popular...


Christian Science occupies to so great a degree popular attention just at present, that it may be of interest to make known here the views of England's great statesman, William Ewart Gladstone, on the subject. According to R. G. Cavendish Bentinck, the Grand Old Man shortly before retiring from the premiership condemned, in the presence of Mr. Cavendish Bentinck and of several other members of a house party, the practice of rashly denouncing the Christian Scientists as fools or impostors. He quoted from memory, as bearing on the case, the 14th and 15th verses of the fifth chapter of St. James' Epistle, and added that, in the face of such precise and explicit directions, enjoining prayer by elders he emphasized the plural) and anointing the sick person with oil by elders, it was necessary to examine very closely the tenets of Christian Science before condemning them. ... While many differed from Gladstone on the subject of politics all were unanimous in acknowledging his profound erudition in everything relating to the Church, to the Holy Scriptures, and to Christianity, as well as his fervent piety. His views on the subject of Christian Science recorded by friends who are not themselves members of the cult are therefore worthy of being widely known.

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October 19, 1907

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