Thus far we must say in all candor the "life" [of Mrs. Eddy,...

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Thus far we must say in all candor the "life" [of Mrs. Eddy, as given in McClure's] is of little interest and no value. The next instalment, however, must deal with Mrs. Eddy as the most prominent woman of the age, and of course the writer will not be obliged to rely upon unreliable data as to her "life," but when she strikes out on her "history" she will be in a sea of mud. If, as is alleged by McClure's, "no information can be obtained from Scientists," the writer is dealing in pure fiction, for there is no other source of reliable information as to what Christian Science really is. The non-Scientist in reading the Christian Science text-book considers it nonsense, and so it really is when judged by the standards of non-Science. It is the dross of lead to the metallurgist of anti-Christian Science. It becomes pure gold, however, when the mind of the reader has been opened to the great truths upon which the doctrine is securely based. These truths are diametrically opposed to generally accepted alleged facts, and are therefore at first unbelievable. They can never be accepted by an unfriendly mind, and it is because of knowing this, that the Scientist regards it as worse than wasting time to attempt explanations to one who seeks them for the purpose of criticising them. If interested in the truth and disposed to study it for good, the doors of Christian Science are open wide, and no one is so rich nor so poor, so high nor so low, but therein he may learn his true status with God and his fellow-man. That the believers in Christian Science tenderly love Mrs. Eddy they could not deny if they would, but neither the personality of Mrs. Eddy nor the affection of her followers can affect the truth of what is contained in her works. Christian Science as promulgated by Mrs. Eddy has already made its impress upon the world. The worst that can be said of it is that it makes the desolate home a happy one, the drunken man sober, and the sick man well. It is not clamoring for recognition, but it instantly answers the call of distress. If there are means of remuneration, it is well. If the sufferer is destitute, the attention is no less earnest and unremitting. It blesses him who gives and him who receives. Is it too much to assume that so beneficent a thing must in time regenerate the world?

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February 2, 1907

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