In a recent issue of your publication there appears a...

El Paso (Tex.) Herald

In a recent issue of your publication there appears a challenge from an osteopathic physician to meet him in debate. It was a great surprise to me to see this, and I am unable to know just why and what the doctor wishes to debate. I have never made a study of osteopathy and have neither the qualification nor inclination to discuss its merits or demerits. The doctor has no understanding of Christian Science, and he likewise is not competent to discuss Christian Science. Further, if there were a disposition to enter into a discussion, it should be understood that Christian Science is not an argument; it is the gospel of good works, and is best known and seen in its benign influence upon the lives and in the characters of its faithful followers. Wrangling and strife accomplish nothing good for humanity, while kind words and loving deeds often smooth away the wrinkles of care and are a balm to the afflicted heart.

The doctor is mistaken in supposing that I am the "recognized mouthpiece of Mrs. Eddy," for I am only a modest student of her writings, and one of the many who have occasion for rejoicing in having found her teachings in strict accord with the Holy Scriptures, and that the divine Principle and the rules which she has elucidated are capable of proof by all who will honestly and earnestly test them in their lives and longings.

Judging from the strong language he uses, it seems to me that the doctor is hostile toward Christian Science, and surely that is not a good mental temperament in which to enter calmly upon the discussion of the merits of a religion, for Christian Science is a religion; it is not a doctor. It is practical Christianity, and its faithful students are endeavoring to follow in the steps and obey the teachings of Christ Jesus; many of them, indeed, are giving proof of their understanding by performing cures in like manner with Jesus and his followers.

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