Our critic is candid enough to admit the fact (which...

Irish (Minneapolis, Minn.) Standard

Our critic is candid enough to admit the fact (which of course he cannot dispute) that Christian Science is affording to people that which for some reason—whatever it may be—they have not been able to find in any other direction in which they have sought; that it is healing the sick and that it is lifting to the contemplation of things spiritual and religious those who have been sunk in the slough of despond of atheism and agnosticism. He might go farther, if he were willing, and find thousands who have exhausted every other means to recover health, without success, until they found it in Christian Science, and who in their search have not neglected the use of suggestion, hypnotism, and allied agencies, which this critic says are the foundation of cures in Christian Science. The fact that Christian Science has cured, and does cure, a large number of cases where those last-mentioned agencies have proven ineffectual, is a sufficient answer and irrefutable proof that his theory is wrong as to the means by which Christian Science cures.

Notwithstanding that it is apparent from the tone of his article that he considers his religion the only pure religion, he is, nevertheless, compelled to admit not only that there are thousands who claim to have found a religion or a creed they believe better than his, but, above and beyond that, he can find the proof of cases in large numbers where Christian Science has brought to men and women the solace and comfort and the knowledge of God that heretofore had been sadly wanting in their lives—all their previous creeds and religions to the contrary notwithstanding.

Our Master knew too well that mere words alone—bare theories, doctrines, and dogmas—were not sufficient to prove his authority or the soundness of his position. He established in his time the rule or Principle by which the soundness of a claim could be tested. To the disciples of John he said; "Go and show John again those things which you do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them." And again: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do."

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