Christian Scientists are not stoics, as is claimed by the...

Portland (Me.) Telegram

Christian Scientists are not stoics, as is claimed by the author of the book under consideration. Christian Scientists are not indifferent to pain, but believe that in Christian Science they have found the quickest and most permanent means of relief therefrom. Christian Science does teach that pain, sickness, etc., have no real existence in the sense that those untoward conditions are not included among the "very good" things which God created; but it does not teach that those conditions do not occur in the experience of mortals. Did it never occur to the reader that every doctor of whatsoever school is engaged in the endeavor to make sickness and pain unreal to his patients? Why, then, should Christian Scientists be criticized for doing the same thing, and succeeding, ofttimes after every other means had failed?

September 4, 1909

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