The clerical gentleman's desire to save the public from...

Manchester (Eng.) Dispatch

The clerical gentleman's desire to save the public from "the danger of Christian Science," no doubt springs from some theory, however mistaken, of doing good. But the extremely slender acquaintance with his subject with which he has equipped himself, is leading him to make, not the promised examination of the subject, but merely the ordinary misrepresentation of it that every one has heard before, and of which people are growing just a little weary.

To say that Christian Science teaches that there are no angels, or that it has altered the Lord's Prayer, is to say what is directly contrary to fact; and if Christian Scientists do prefer to offer silent rather than audible prayers, they are at any rate saved thereby from one phase of pharisaism, and where is the "danger"? The fact is that Christian Science comes to substitute a plan of present salvation, practical and efficacious, for incomprehensible and speculative theology, and to announce boldly that faith without works is dead.

December 11, 1909

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