Instead of attacking the Christian Science church, Rev. W. H. Beynon,...

Freeport (Ill.) Weekly Journal

Instead of attacking the Christian Science church, Rev. W. H. Beynon, pastor of the First Baptist church, Sunday night [Jan. 17] asked for a calm consideration of what this movement means which has grown to such great proportions within a few years. His subject was "The Function of Christian Science in Modern Society." The text, Mark 9: 39, 40, follows: "But Jesus said. Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part." Mr. Beynon then said in part:—

By the quotation of Scripture any notion of the human mind can be supported. Scripture proof-texts may be likened to the citations of authorities and precedents by a lawyer of mediocre ability. One can get all sorts of decisions and authorities in support of one's contention. But the ablest lawyer goes back of the statute-book into the fundamental principles of society and of law for his evidence and argument. Supreme court decisions always purport to be based on the foundation principles of society and of social law, not merely on the statute-book and precedents of former judges and generations.

February 27, 1909

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