At the close of his remarks on a recently published pamphlet...

Rochdale (England) Observer

At the close of his remarks on a recently published pamphlet attacking Christian Science, your contributor "Observer" says that "no Christian Scientist can have any but a controversial objection to it." Permit me to say that when a Christian Scientist learns of a minister of religion misrepresenting and heaping obloquy upon what experience has convinced him to be the greatest blessing awaiting the race, and stigmatizing what is most sacred to him as a "force working ruin of body and soul," it is something more than a "controversial objection" that rises within him. What he does feel is a deep regret for such utterances, and a hope that as few as possible may be misled by them.

I cannot ask you for space to examine the statements of the author in any detail. The pamphlet is mainly extracts from the Christian Science text-book, stripped of their context, and used in an effort to show that Christian Science does not square with what the author calls "Christianity," meaning thereby his own Christianity, and hence to justify him in calling it names. The tract bears the title "What is Christian Science?" but one may search it from beginning to end without finding any attempt to answer the query. Nor does the author pretend to any first-hand acquaintance with results. And more and more is the world now growing interested in results. To be sure, our critic admits that there are Christian Scientists of excellent character, but their virtues, we are told, "are doomed to disappear" if they continue in the faith. It is nothing to him that there is not to be found in the whole huge army of Christian Scientists one who will not avow that his faith has made him a better man. It is nothing to him that a true Christian Scientist is one who by purity of motive, thought, and conduct is endeavoring to form a channel for the healing power of love to reach his brother man. He is a "monstrous heretic" and "callously cruel." It is nothing to him that there are multitudes who declare themselves to have been healed through Christian Science after all material means had failed them. It has not healed all the sick in the hospitals, so it must be a fraud, he says. One is led to wonder whether the author remembers that the Founder of Christianity and the apostles would not be left unaffected by such an argument. But perhaps the most astounding statement in the tract is one to the effect that Christian Science "repudiates healing in answer to prayer." The whole mission of Christian Science is directed to teaching one how to pray so that healing form sin and sickness may result. The secret of that prayer is knowledge of God, a scientific understanding of His omnipresence.

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