When thrilled with a new idea, the tendency of human nature is to talk about it. It has, however, been said, that "the less men think, the more they talk." This is especially true when it comes to religion. People will even pass over the weather to engage in a controversy upon religious topics.

The Cause of Christian Science has not wholly escaped the "talking-much-and-saying-nothing" habit. Many people who have become interested in Christian Science had for years allowed themselves to be prejudiced as the result of senseless or careless statements by some who called themselves Christian Scientists. Idle talk upon such subjects as the unreality of evil and the nothingness of matter is not calculated to attract to the teachings of the Master people who allow themselves to judge by what seems patent to the outward senses. The best time to talk upon such subjects is after some tangible proof of healing has been given to these people that their thinking is along wrong lines, and even then the premature declarations of absolute scientific truths are not conducive to favorable results. The neophyte in Science is too apt to be possessed with a zeal which is "not according to knowledge." His intentions are humane, but he lacks the wisdom and discretion necessary to convey the right thought at the right time to those whom he would bless. Without these virtues he is very liable to fall an unconscious victim to the talking habit.

December 25, 1909

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