In a recent editorial entitled, "Can a Man Die of a Broken...

Buffalo (N.Y.) Enquirer

In a recent editorial entitled, "Can a Man Die of a Broken Heart?" appear some favoring comments on the effects of Christian Science, but the closing sentence is one calculated to give readers a mistaken sense of what Christian Science teaches. After saying that if the man who died of a broken heart had been a Christian Scientist, he would have been dancing at the wedding feast instead of lying in his coffin, you state, "It is better to die occasionally of a broken heart than to spend your whole life in the very dull and uninteresting belief that nothing is real." Such is not at all the teaching of Christian Science. In the text-book of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, the word "real" is used 183 times, and the word "reality," singular and plural, is used 139 times. Thus in the space of 600 pages, these words appear 322 times, and in no place is there a failure to explain logically and clearly the difference between the real and the unreal.

One pertinent illustration (used on page 386 of Science and Health) is that of a false despatch, telling of the death of a friend. The recipient, if merely told that his grief was unreal, would resent it bitterly, but when shown the falsity of the despatch, would dry his eyes and realize himself the unreality of the whole occurrence. Christian Science, therefore, differentiates between the false testimony of the physical senses and the reality of the spiritual and eternal, and in so doing brings a peace and harmony into our lives never before known.

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