If he was correctly reported, a clergyman asked his congregation...

Warrington (Eng.) Examiner

If he was correctly reported, a clergyman asked his congregation to accept his estimate of Christian Science, as he had "tried to read Mrs. Eddy's book." Equipped with this experience the reverend gentleman appears to have found no difficulty in asserting that Christian Science was neither Christian nor Science. Unfortunately it seems the rule rather than the exception with those who do not on their first introduction to the subject immediately lay hold of some measure of the truth of Christian Science, that they should be led into posing as authorities on the subject, and into an indulgence in that least admirable of all exercises of the human mind, the passing of judgment without knowledge. It does not seem to occur to them, all the eloquence of the Bible as to the preciousness and rarity of understanding and wisdom notwithstanding, that what appears foolishness unto them may be but the expression of their own want of understanding.

Christian Science is not a subject to be taken in at a glance. Its very name ought to protect any one from imagining such a thing possible, for it would be hard to find two words of more profound or comprehensive significance than the two great words which constitute it. And when one learns that all true science must necessarily be Christian if it is to be knowledge of the truth, then the irrefutable and eternal fact is recognized that absolute Christian Science is all there is to know. And so no one can possibly criticize Christian Science. The most that can be attempted is to criticize Mrs. Eddy's exposition of it, and the most that is actually attempted is the criticism of one's own mistaken conception of that exposition.

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