A critic says that "if that book [Rudimental Divine Science]...

Portland (Me.) Argus

A critic says that "if that book [Rudimental Divine Science], and Science and Health, were offered to any church, they would be rejected on the ground that they were unscriptural." Then he goes on to say that a statement of Christian Science might be submitted to the Methodist conference or the Episcopal convention for final judgment. But would the judgment of such a conference or convention be entirely reliable? To make my meaning more clear, let us suppose the Methodist conference should sit in judgment on the creed or doctrine of the Episcopal church, and vice versa. Would not each find that they themselves were right, and the other wrong, on Scriptural authority? No doubt they might attempt to disprove the Scriptural authority of Christian Science by the same token.

The "scientists" mentioned by our critic who have sat in judgment on the discovery of the North Pole, understand the "science" of astronomy. Unless the clergymen likewise understand Christian Science, and prove it by actual demonstration, how can we be sure they are competent to pass judgment until they do understand it? Christian Scientists have proved their claims. The Master said. "By their fruits ye shall know them." It matters not whether Christian Science is approved by certain individuals in the churches, or not: it must stand or fall on its own merits. That is the reason why I did not refer to our critic's statement in reference to putting the books before a committee of men who do not profess to understand Christian Science. I do not see that the opinion of such a committee would carry any more authority than our critic's opinion.

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