Whatever may be said of Christian Science, for or...

Marsh's Magazine

Whatever may be said of Christian Science, for or against, the one indisputable fact remains—that of its quiet, unseen influence in our communities. Its most strenuous critics admit that "there's something in it." when they encounter on all sides those who have unmistakably been "made over," as it were,—who see the "silver lining." who are no longer pessimistic, who no longer bore everybody with their tales of woe, and who have learned, like Mark Tapley, to be "cheerful under all circumstances."

The "doubting Thomas" may well look into this phase of the question, study it, think about it, and then practise a bit of it. Is it worth while? Try it, and see if your path is not smoother, the outlook brighter. This is one step toward becoming better morally, it gives food for thought, it puts you on better terms with yourself and every one around you, it makes you most desirable as a companion, friend, and comforter. A case in point is that of a Boston woman, a professional writer, brought up in the Unitarian faith, but who did not pose as a Christian; in fact, she was not a regular attendant at her church, going rather just when the spirit willed. She was of a highstrung. supersensitive temperament, impulsive, critical, more or less fault-finding, partly owing to the lack of a guiding hand when young, and to the absence of home influences.

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