Our critic argues the impropriety of coupling the terms...

Richmond (Ind.) Palladium

Our critic argues the impropriety of coupling the terms "Christian" and "Science" as Mrs. Eddy has done in naming her system. Supporting his own contention, the writer attempts to limit, all unwarrantably, the scientific application of the "fundamental doctrine of Christ" to the realm of "civic righteousness." Jesus in his demonstration of Christianity healed disease and deformity, even raising the dead, walking on the water and through walls of solid masonry, doing all these things, as he himself pointedly alleged, in fulfilment of "the law." In the generally accepted sense of the word, "science" means knowledge classified or systematized and based upon fixed laws or principles. If therefore Jesus truly performed these seemingly marvelous feats in accord with "law" and the divine will, it must reasonably be concluded that in spite of the fact that their achievement was in seeming contravention of so-called material law, they must have resulted from the demonstration of a higher, spiritual law, hence they were preeminently "scientific" as well as Christian. The system which Mrs. Eddy has outlined in her book Science and Health is in accord with the teachings of Jesus, and the healing in Christian Science results from the demonstration of the same spiritual and basic law of man's being which Jesus demonstrated, hence Christian Science is rightly so called by its Discoverer and Founder, Mrs. Eddy. It is indeed true, as our critic alleges, that science is one thing and Christianity as taught by many Christian religions is another, but the Christianity of Jesus conforms with true science in every respect. Reason and revelation can be reconciled ever, but reason and human opinions seldom, for "the carnal mind is enmity against neither can it know the things of God. Only in so far as what is commonly termed "science," well designated "physical science," assumes a spiritual and metaphysical basis, can it be made to coincide either with common sense or the Bible.

November 23, 1907
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