Let us very briefly consider the "five fundamental things" that our ministerial critic sees in Science and Health:—
Our critic says he believes in the miraculous healing of the sick "when it is done according to Scriptural injunction.
If, as some of your correspondents aver, medical science has been advanced and suffering reduced by discoveries made in connection with vivisection, why is there such a wide difference of opinion in the minds of our best physicians and surgeons on this topic?
Christian Science does not deny the existence of evil of all sorts in human consciousness, but it does overcome evil with good by changing the consciousness just as we destroy darkness by an influx of light, and this is accomplished not by merely "asserting," but by knowing, becoming conscious, that the evil did not proceed from God, is not a reality of His universe, and can have no power over His creation.
While Christian Science is based upon the premise that God is good, Spirit, Mind, Life, Truth, Love, and that He is the only cause and creator, the one infinite, self-existent, supreme, incorporeal being or Principle of the universe and man, and therefore that all that really exists by way of effect or phenomenon must of necessity be spiritual and good, it does not teach that a recognition or demonstrable understanding of this great fact is present with Christian Scientists in a perfect degree at this hour.
As Christian Science is purely a system of mental and spiritual treatment, and does not teach physiology at all, it has no physiology to be "dangerous.
The fact that a multitude of people are content to follow her [Mrs.
Some "said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
If one were to ask our learned critic as to what constitutes the "Christian faith," or what it means to be a "Christian," he would doubtless admit first of all that it is to be a faithful and consistent follower of Christ Jesus.
The picture of The Mother Church which The Christian Science Publishing Society now has for sale is a half-tone reproduction, 12 x 15 inches in size, of a view giving the St.
At the semi-annual communion of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in this city Sunday [Jan.
The author of Christian Science text-book does not consult nor read letters on disease.
IT has been the practice in the churches of the older denominations to plan and provide special services or entertainments for different classes of the community, and in this way it has been supposed that the old people and the young, the men and the women, would be severally brought into the church; but we doubt whether in any instance more has been accomplished than would have had there been no division into classes.
ONE cannot acquaint himself with the general drift of religious thought to-day without perceiving that it is undergoing a change which is destined to effect a complete overthrow of the sovereignty of belief.
FEW would deny that there is a wide difference between right and wrong living, but there are many opinions as to what constitutes this difference.
WITHIN the past few months the work of the Committee on Publication has largely increased in volume and importance, and in order to make this work as effective as it should be there must be a very liberal support of the State Committees by the branch churches.
I came into Christian Science through reading our beloved Leader's great work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which appealed to me as nothing else had ever done before.
In 1897 I was led through friends to investigate Christian Science.
Christian Science came to me when I was a wreck, my body being completely covered with sores.
For twelve years previous to the fall of 1897 I had been under the care of a physician much of the time.
When Christian Science first came to my notice it was through the healing of a sister, and afterward the healing of my wife.
In 1895 we made a business assignment, and the shock was very great at the time.
At the time I was led to try Christian Science I knew very little about it and had no faith in it whatever, but as my family physician and three specialists had frankly told me there was no medicine known to the medical faculty that could cure me, I ventured to try Christian Science as the last resort.
I desire to express my gratitude for Christian Science.
I am very grateful for what Christian Science has done for me.
Within this last year Paul's statement, "I take pleasure in infirmities," has been in my thoughts a great deal, and I believe I am at last beginning to understand its meaning.
When my baby was born he weighed only three pounds, and had only gained one pound when two months old.
In 1865, while living in a small town in Mexico, I was taken suddenly with a severe illness, and in the excitement my husband and friend gave me a powerful drug without diluting it in water, which came near causing instant death.
I wish to tell of a wonderful demonstration,—the healing of my nephew, a lad of seven years.
I have been healed of many ills since coming to Christian Science.
It is with deepest gratitude I tell of the benefits I have received in my healing through Christian Science over a year ago.
I wish to express my gratitude for all the good that I have received through Christian Science.
THY guiding voice, O Truth, in thought I hear, Rebuking error, stilling grief and fear! My heart its healing benediction shrines; And lo, like sun-surf purpling hillside vines, A rush of radiance ripens power and cheer.
[From "Confessions of an Undistinguished Heretic" in The Independent.
AN EDITION OF "SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES" PRINTED FROM NEW PLATES HAS JUST BEEN ISSUED.