While Mrs. Eddy's teachings always emphasize the spiritual...

Birmingham (Ala.) Age-Herald

While Mrs. Eddy's teachings always emphasize the spiritual facts of life, these teachings do not deny in the human consciousness "the physical experiences of life, especially those involving sickness and suffering," as the critic averred. The fundamental teachings of Christian Science are such as may be applied in every department of legitimate activity, and they are therefore eminently practical and full of common or good sense. They inculcate compassion and helpfulness in an efficacious way. The critic made the usual mistake of the adverse critic of Christian Science, in supposing that nothing is being done when the metaphysical or spiritual treatment of disease is employed. The fact is that more is being done than in any other method, and with this statement an ever, increasing number of those who have had some experience in the relief given will agree. In this, however, as in the transmission of speech by telephone, we cannot expect those who know nothing of the experience to apprehend it.

Many eminent physicians in this country have recently stated in public that there is no known remedy for pneumonia. "The only thing that can be done for it is to keep the patient nourished as well as possible and take good care of him." Christian Scientists do not refuse to do anything along medicinal lines for the purpose of being fanatically loyal to a religious belief, but because they have a very remarkable substitute. They choose what they have demonstrated to be the "better part."

Upon what ground could any one affirm that a given case which is not healed in Christian Science treatment could be healed under medical treatment, since medical treatment fails continually in all kinds of cases? It is estimated that one hundred and forty thousand people die every day, mostly under medical treatment. Inasmuch as Christian Science has saved many cases which had failed to recover under medical treatment, is it not reasonable to assume that those who die under Christian Science treatment would have gone even sooner if they had not had Christian Science treatment, and that those who die under medical treatment might have lived longer or been saved entirely if they had had Christian Science treatment?

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