The writer, non-sectarian in his religious belief, has perused...

Detroit (Mich.) Journal

The writer, non-sectarian in his religious belief, has perused with much interest and with no little indignation the criticism of a clergyman anent a brother pastor, which appeared in yesterday's issue of the Journal, also the annexed unchristianlike attack upon Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy and her Christian Science definition of the Holy Scriptures. While it is plainly evident that religious intolerance and bigotry are on the wane, that we are becoming more and more charitable in our judgments of those with whom we more we are none the less sensitive to such virulent attacks, as is shown in the case alluded to. If Christianity (the Christian life) is obedience to the divine command, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, ... and thy neighbor as thyself," and we practise the admonition in spirit and in truth, what matters it whether we designate ourselves Jew or Gentile, Protestant, Catholic, or Christian Scientist? Differ though we may in our conception of Christian Science as an exponent of pure and undefiled religion, it is hardly possible that the most ultra upholder of dogmatic faith will question the sincerity of Mrs. Eddy in her religious convictions, and the purity of her motive in spreading broadcast the same.

Like her detractor, Mrs. Eddy bases her convictions and teachings upon the words of Holy Writ; but unlike the former, she finds no cause to traduce those who fail to agree with her.

Whether or not Mrs. Eddy's interpretations of the Scriptures are true to the claims made for them, this deponent saith not. If the merits of Christian Science are as safely established as is the laudable personality of its author, as compared with those who would revile and persecute her, it is altogether probable that Christian Scientists will decide to go on in the even tenor of their way regardless of such trifling obstacles as have thus far endeavored to check their progress.

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