In his continued discussion of Christian Science our critic...

in New Orleans (La.) Picayune

In his continued discussion of Christian Science our critic declares that "Christian Science practitioners claim to be able to heal all kinds of diseases." As a matter of fact, Christian Scientists make no special pretensions as to what they are able to do, although they note with gratitude what has been already accomplished. They claim that with God all things are possible, and that perfect application of Christian Science will bring forth perfect results, but they hold that Christian Science is indeed a science, and must be so treated. One cannot be regarded as a mathematician simply because he believes in mathematics and its basic laws. He is a mathematician who understands and can apply mathematics in a manner to obtain the results which mathematics promises. So he is a Christian Scientist who understands and can apply Christian Science sufficiently to bring results. One could not reasonably affirm that a mathematical rule is not true simply because some one who believes in the rule is not able to demonstrate a proposition according to its instructions.

The gentleman declares that Christian Science is not the Christ-method, adding: "There was no limit to Christ's power, but Christian Science has very distinct limitations to its curative power." He declares that our Lord "spoke and it was done in a moment." It is certainly unreasonable to expect mortals in this material age to accomplish what the Master did in the perfection of his spiritual growth. Nevertheless, the demand is upon us, and it is our duty to comply as far as possible and as rapidly as possible. The important question is this: Does our critic believe that healing the sick as well as the sinner is an essential of Christianity? Does he believe the Master's promise: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father"? Does he believe the declaration which he has quoted, namely: "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover"? If so, is he able to demonstrate or recommend a better way than that which is presented in Christian Science? If he cannot present a more effectual method of producing results by a reliance upon divine power than that which is practised by Christian Scientists, he is surely not in a position to discourage the practice of Christian Science.

September 23, 1911

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