The death—for let us speak as the world's people do—of...

Lowell (Mass.) Courier-Citizen

[Lowell (Mass.) Courier-Citizen.]

The death—for let us speak as the world's people do—of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, head of the Christian Science church and Leader of that sect, will receive wide notice in due proportion to the importance of the position of this remarkable woman in the world of affairs. Of all the variants on the theme of the Christian religion, hers is the only one of very recent years which has attained to worldwide magnitude. Differing from other denominations of Christians in its attitude toward the visitations of disease and frequently misunderstood even there, it has achieved an uncommon degree of attention. Judged by the purely pragmatic theory, it must be acknowledged to have made its way and to have assured its position, at least for the present generation. That which, in its day, actually gives to its adherents comfort and joy in this world and a hope of the life everlasting in the world to come, is entitled on those merits alone to share in making up the "true" religion of mankind. All that helps has its place.

Whether one follow Mrs. Eddy's peculiar teachings or not as they affect certain details of her faith, it must be admitted that she set before men and women of the materialistic nineteenth and twentieth centuries a system of belief that has afforded to many hundred thousand much practical comfort and hope. Whether or not the practices of Christian Science, in the healing of the thousand natural shocks the flesh is heir to, or its maintenance of a belief as to the non-existence of pain and suffering for one in whom a proper frame of mind is induced by faith, are justifiable on the basis of actual science, the fact must remain undisputed that for such as do believe in them there has been a remarkable force.

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February 4, 1911

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