Whatever one's views as to Mrs. Eddy's teachings, she...


[Times-Record, Fort Smith, Ark.]

Whatever one's views as to Mrs. Eddy's teachings, she must be accorded rank as one of the greatest intellectual forces of the world's history. She won this distinction through the usual adverse influences which must be overcome by any one who advances a thought out of the beaten, well-trodden path—namely, ridicule, slander, calumny, and a persecution no less cruel for that it was not physical. Beginning with a handful of student followers, today the principle which she advanced is taught in approximately a thousand churches in this and other lands, many of them of the most costly and beautiful architecture. To have accomplished this in the span of one life, to see the humble beginning and the wonderful spread of one's thought, is something given to few mortals. Besides this, Mrs. Eddy had the satisfaction of knowing that the acceptance of her thought and interpretation of the Word of God had brought the blessing of health to many thousands sick in mind, heart, and body. This reapplication of the divine injunction to heal the sick through the teachings of Christ, although for many years it subjected her and her followers to ridicule and opposition, has at last, by its demonstration of truth, aroused the emulation of the older established sects so that they are seriously considering the formal recognition of a long neglected practice of the early Christian faith.

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February 4, 1911

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