Among other subjects our critic plunges lightly into...

Guernsey (Eng.) Star

Among other subjects our critic plunges lightly into an attack on the Christian Science teaching of the atonement. Quite apart from the fact that it is manifest that he does not understand the teaching of Christian Science on this subject in the very least, he talks as if orthodox Christianity were agreed on it. He says that this doctrine "means one thing to a Christian and another to a Scientist." On which side does he rank the vice-principal of the Theological College at Lichfield, who declares that the Miltonic view, besides "offending one's moral sense," "logically and rapidly leads us to undiluted Arianism;" and then proceeds to discuss what he terms "four typical modern theories of the atonement" as a prelude to developing a fifth one of his own. When the orthodox critics of Christian Science can agree among themselves what the correct teaching of the atonement really is, Christian Scientists may be expected to discuss their view with them. Until then it is scarcely profitable.

It is simply childish to maintain that the Christian Science church (which in forty years has wound itself round the entire globe, so that today its meetings are held northward in Christiania and Stockholm; southward in the Transvaal and Australia; eastward along the Persian Gulf and the Chinese littoral; and westward on the Pacific slope) is a profitable heresy, founded on blasphemous nonsense, promulgated through shallow magazine articles, written by fools for fools. Yet that is the gentleman's description in his own words.

July 3, 1909

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