[Reprinted by request from the Sentinel of Sept. 24, 1904.]


We are in receipt of a letter from a friend, a Christian Scientist, who calls attention to the unsatisfactory nature of the subject-matter and character of some of the testimonies given at our Wednesday evening meetings; "testimonies" which do not conform in any manner to the rules of evidence, and which fail to carry conviction to the sincere seeker for truth who, for the first time, upon the solicitation of some friend, has attended one of these meetings. We regret to say that there is considerable justification for this complaint.

The chief trouble with such talks as our friend refers to, is that they are what lawyers call hearsay testimony, and as such they would be ruled out of any court: What the inquirer wishes to know is that some person with whom he is brought into personal contact has been healed. A statement that some person of whom the speaker has heard through some other person has been healed by Christian Science, does not carry much weight with the man who is investigating, neither does the account of cases in which the speaker has acted as practitioner. The most valuable and helpful testimony is that of the persons who have been healed, and if those who speak at the Wednesday evening meetings will bear this in mind and express themselves accordingly, much will be added to the usefulness of the meetings, and the reasonable demands of the investigator will be met.

June 29, 1912

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