I have just seen the note in your issue of Aug. 31...


I have just seen the note in your issue of Aug. 31 on the subject of Christian Science, and I am sure you will permit me to endeavor to make clear the difference between "doctor's stuff" and "food stuff," between "quinine" and "tea." Christian Science teaches that the effect of all these on the human body is the result of the belief attached to them, and that consequently, speaking absolutely, there is no difference between them. The relative force, however, of these beliefs varies very considerably. No one presumably believes that quinine is necessary to existence, but the entire world believes that food is. The Christian Scientist, therefore, who overcomes fever without resorting to the use of quinine, merely proves that it is possible to heal without the use of a drug; the Christian Scientist who succeeded in doing without food would have triumphed over death. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." The Christian Scientist makes no claim to be doing anything more than striving for the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. He is at present thinking very much as a child, speaking very much as a child, understanding very much as a child, but he is at least struggling to put away childish things, that he may grow "unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ."

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