There has been much adverse criticism of late in the...

Porterville (Cal.) Messenger

There has been much adverse criticism of late in the public press relating to Christian Science. Admitting at the outset that we are not Scientists, we have small sympathy with the greater part of the criticism which has been brought to bear in recent discussion against the tenets of the faith. We must admit that, theoretically at least, the Scientists have all the best of the argument. Every individual church sect believes firmly in the efficiency of prayer. "Ask, and ye shall receive," that is the basic teaching in every Christian religion. Why then should we deny that if we ask to be freed from disease, there is a certainty that we will be relieved, if the petition be voiced with sincerity? If we are Christians, we believe in the miracles. What reason have we for believing that the day of miracles is past? Villification and misrepresentation never yet injured any individual or any belief. There is nothing in the world which pays better interest on the investment than open-minded generosity toward those who believe and act a little differently than in accord with our own preconceived ideas as to right and wrong. Crying "bosh" and "humbug" is merely a lazy way of getting out of honest investigation.

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December 25, 1909

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