"WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING"

A short time ago a critic of Christian Science in a public address before a body of ministerial brethren called this teaching an "offshoot of religion." Just how scathing this critic intended his denunciation to be we do not know, but if he meant thereby that Christian Science is an offshoot of Christianity, which Webster defines as "the religion of Christians," he is nearer correct in his definition than he perhaps was aware, inasmuch as he thus unwittingly placed Christian Science on an equal plane with his own denomination in that Webster further defines Christianity as "the body of beliefs, practices, and sentiments developed from the teachings and life of Christ."

In support of this contention we would cite further the Websterian definition of Christian Science as a system of healing that "bases its teaching on the Scriptures as understood by its adherents." Do not other offshoots of "the religion of Christians" do likewise? Let us also note the definition of Christian and see wherein Christian Scientists fail to substantiate their claim to be humble followers of Christ Jesus. The dictionary defines a Christian as "one who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by him;" and especially, "one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ."

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