In reply to "A Query to Christian Scientists" in a recent...

Continental Times

In reply to "A Query to Christian Scientists" in a recent issue of the Continental Times, I wish to say that the intimation about Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, strikingly contrasts with the real facts. One could hardly find a person of her position and importance who has laid less "emphasis" upon "personal aggrandizement" and "personal luxury" than did Mrs. Eddy. Any one who has seen Mrs. Eddy's home has been forced to admit the simplicity of her personal surroundings and adornments. In quiet retirement, assisted by a few chosen adherents, she was wholly absorbed in the noble effort of redeeming suffering humanity.

In the article "A Lecture on Christian Science," which preceded this "Query to Christian Scientists," Mr. Knapp tells us, in the paragraph headed "Mrs. Eddy's Discovery," that her book, the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," was first published in the year 1875. It was several times revised by the author, and has had and is continually having a large sale. From the sales of this book and her other writings Mrs. Eddy derived her fortune, which, after bequeathing generous sums to relatives, she has left in trust to The Mother Church for the promotion of the Christian Science cause and for charitable uses. It is well known that Mrs. Eddy gave large subscirptions to public and private charities, most of which were outside her own denomination. Her selfless life has proved that she was indeed a faithful and humble follower of Christ Jesus, her greatest desire being to emulate him in all his ways and follow his commands: "Preach the gospel," "Heal the sick."

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