If history makes clear any one fact, it is that contemporaneous...

Grand Rapids (Mich.) Evening Press

If history makes clear any one fact, it is that contemporaneous judgments are often inaccurate. The perspective of time is necessary to a calm analysis of the influences which shape thought. Posterity more than once has rejected those acclaimed prophets in a bygone day and crowned those who were overlooked by their fellows.

The axiom will hold good in the case of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, who died Saturday evening. The world is too close to her life and her work to give an unbiased decision as to their significance. On the one hand are her thousands of followers, scattered in almost every civilized land, who believe she has given to the world a real message of peace, hope, and ultimate freedom from the ills to which flesh so long has been heir. On the other hand are her many critics, some bitter, some mild, but all denying her doctrines.

December 17, 1910

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