This sentiment, expressed by you in a recent editorial...

Monitor (Okla.) Field Glass

This sentiment, expressed by you in a recent editorial concerning Christian Science, impressed me very much: "Omnipotence does not admit of failure. It is just as easy to cure cancer as chills. One failure destroys the entire system." I presume you meant that if system had been perfectly applied, and yet had failed, the failure would indicate a defect in the system. I am sure you will grant me the privilege of supplementing your statement by saying that even a perfect system must be perfectly understood, and perfectly applied, in order to produce perfect results. An accurate mathematical rule would not produce perfect results unless it were perfectly applied, and a failure to obtain perfect results would not indicate a failure of the rule but would rather make plain the fact that the pupil or student has not properly understood and, consequently, has not properly applied the rule.

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October 24, 1908

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