Christian Science is essentially religious

Rochdale (England) Observer

Christian Science is essentially religious. It asserts the supremacy of Soul and places the body under a mental and spiritual control which is denounced by many doctors as fraudulent and by others as thaumaturgic nonsense. Meanwhile it is advancing by giant strides. In America it is an enormous power. On this side of the Atlantic its adherents are numbered by many thousands, and include aristocrats, middle-class people, and humble working folk. How keenly interested others are in the movement was shown at the Town Hall recently when the great assembly room was crowded to hear the Hon. Clarence A. Buskirk's exposition of the faith. He speaks well and states his case with a moderation which holds the attention of people who would laugh to scorn the claims of this Church if put in an aggressive form. "It is nothing new," he says in effect; "we are merely restoring the original teaching of Christianity; and a new organization is necessary because the old churches are so encrusted with convention and materialism that it is hopeless to expect them to do what Christian Science does." That is a challenge to the churches on the preaching and teaching side just as the healing claims are to the doctors. Both are sure to be profoundly affected, for, without assenting to its high pretensions, one is bound to admit that Christian Science does assert the great and vital Principle of life which ordinary preachers and healers have but partially recognized.

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