The letter of Mr.—, in a recent issue, appears to contain...

Richmond and Twickenham (Eng.) Times

The letter of Mr.—, in a recent issue, appears to contain a gently expressed indictment of Christian Science for not having changed the social system of centuries in a few years. As a matter of fact, Christian Scientists are not a rich people, and few of them are overburdened with capital. In London the great mass of them are hard workers at the ordinary avocations of this world. Outside London the chief strength of the movement lies in the manufacturing towns and the great seaports. Here, where the crash of machinery sounds in the factory-walled streets, and by the wharves, they are making their way because, workers themselves, they are showing the workers that there is a power in divine Love to save men not merely from sin and disease, but from despair and want and woe....

I do not want to claim virtues for Christian Scientists above their neighbors, but I believe they are giving unostentatiously, and in true charity, as liberally as any body of people in the entire world. For centuries reformers of every description have striven by every means in their power to overcome the horrors generated by the economic systems of the world. They have been routed by two apparent facts, the savage selfishness of one moiety of humanity and the hopeless shiftlessness of the other. It has not much mattered whether the "(Eil de Boeuf" or the Faubourgs were in power; whether philanthropists like Yao and Shun were wearing themselves out in an effort to feed their people, or reprobates like Chieh were deliberately letting them starve; the law of the survival of the fittest has exerted its seemingly inexorable mesmerism, whether in the victory of the Gothic hordes over a degenerate Latin race or in the imposition of the will of a Napoleon upon the hopes of a nation.

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