The burden of the complaint of the speakers seems to...

Washington (D. C.) Post

The burden of the complaint of the speakers seems to have been that Christian Scientists are opposed to progress. In this they were as wide of the mark as in their other statements. Preeminently it is progress in things religious that marks the growth of the Christian Science movement. If one denomination is content to preach the gospel, it should not therefore deny to another denomination the right to comply with the full Scriptural command, and both preach the gospel and heal the sick.

The speakers were again unfortunate in taking the position that Christian Scientists are opposed to the prevention of disease by means of medical research. A Christian Scientist believes in medical freedom, just as he believes in religious freedom. He is willing that others shall seek health and spiritual progress in their own way, but he insists on the same right for himself. A more correct expression of the sentiment of the conference was probably contained in the statements of a later speaker. This speaker urged greater cooperation among the differing denominations, and stated that the Christian Science church should be included in this movement for united action.

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March 16, 1912

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