THE TRUE BASIS OF HEALTH

Strangely enough, after nearly half a century of healing work done by Christian Science, and the records of thousands of cures accomplished by its means, a question has been raised by critics as to whether the teaching of Christian Science is a menace to the health of the community. It has been charged that because it demands an absolute reliance upon Spirit, God, it thus creates a disregard of material laws; that it ignores sanitation and quarantine, and makes no discrimination as to dietetics, exercise, food, and air.

It is the mission of Christian Science primarily to improve the mental and moral condition of the individual, and as a result of such advancement to improve his bodily condition, and surely no one will argue that this sort of improvement is not beneficial to mankind at large. Every man, in our country at least, by common consent is privileged to choose his own religion and medicine, provided in so doing he does not interfere with his neighbors' rights and privileges. If the general public has not endorsed Christian Science, it is for the same reason that it has not endorsed many other important and valuable discoveries. Christian Scientists are willing to allow the good name of Christian Science and its endorsement by the public to be determined by its good works. They have proved that "a scientific mental method is more sanitary than the use of drugs, and such a mental method produces permanent health" (Science and Health, p. 79).

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