Our friend "C. W. S." quotes certain "eminent critics"...

Yorkshire (Leeds, Eng.) News

Our friend "C. W. S." quotes certain "eminent critics" on the subject of Christian Science. It must not, however, be forgotten that there are just as many eminent people who have nothing but good to say of it, and with every reason. Now, if I want to find out the quality of the groceries sold on one side of the street, I do not necessarily go to the grocer on the other side of the street for my information; he might be just a little biased, you know. Is it conceivable that these "eminent critics," confessedly the rivals of Christian Science, advocating an entirely opposite method of treatment, are likely to be unbiased judges in such a case?

What does "C. W. S." expect the advocates of another and opposite system to say? Had he read the replies in refutation of these pleasant little speeches in the London press, he would know just how much truth there was in these assertions. Had the statements quoted been true, or anything like the truth—and they have been flung broadcast—Christian Science would now be as dead as a door nail; but, on the contrary, it thrives as no other religion or system of therapeutics thrives. And why does it thrive? Because it is doing just what it sets out to do. Christian Science is daily picking up those whom materia medica has declared would never rise again, and putting them on their feet well men and women.

If Christian Science were not successful. do you suppose that these eminent persons would bother themselves about the matter? It is not a man's failures that exercise the minds of his rivals, but his successes. In spite of all that critics may say to the contrary, Christian Science will go on growing; nothing can stop or hinder the progress of a religion that is doing for the world of sin and suffering what Christian Science is doing. Christian Scientists, as a body, are striving to live in strict obedience to the commands of Christ Jesus, and they are not likely to be led away from that allegiance even by the obiter dictum of an eminent and interested rival. I am old enough to remember the bitter resentment and opposition that followed on the discovery of homeopathy, and also what came of it. The greatest philanthropist of the age was stoned in the streets because he brought to the suffering masses something new and better. Today he is considered fit company for princes. Every advance in knowledge, every improved method, has from all time been met by the same dogged opposition and persecution from the advocates of older systems.

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