The letter in which our critic announces his intention...

Hampstead (Eng.) Advertiser

The letter in which our critic announces his intention of withdrawing from the discussion is, I regret to say, a restatement of a line of argument which I have shown to be untenable, being briefly as follows:—

First, that "the chief aim of Christian Science is to secure the continued existence of this product of error called the body." The chief aim of Christian Science is to give men that spiritual understanding of Truth which is summed up in the Sermon on the Mount. Incidentally it must destroy sickness, and it places the healing of the body exactly where Jesus placed it when he said, "Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."

Second, that Christian Scientists, because "they undergo the anguish of suffering, disease, and death," are "the subjects of illusion, delusion, and hallucination." Any man who believes in anything unlike God is suffering from an illusion, and he needs to know the truth, and the truth, as Jesus said, will make him free. Jesus came to teach men this truth, and to teach men how to make it practical. He taught humanity how to overcome sickness and sin, just because they were not any part of the gift of God, but phases of the illusion or lie of evil. He said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

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Christian Science is essentially religious
February 22, 1908

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