The reference to Christian Science, in the address by...

Hackney and Stoke Newington Recorder

The reference to Christian Science, in the address by Dr. Saleeby, printed in your issue of the 1st inst., is instinct with the fairness which has characterized every utterance of his upon the subject which I ever recollect to have seen. Christian Science has, of course, been through the usual deluge of abuse which human fear or stupidity rains on every new movement. It has, I believe, been my fate to read them all, from the breathless homiletics of Canon Eyton, in the Westminster Gazette, to the bloodcurdling utterances of Mr. Paget, hurled from the seclusion of the platform of diocesan congresses.

Out of the welter of this "hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity," the voice of Dr. Saleeby has always sounded a note of strident common sense. I have a suspicion that he has even sometimes met a clergyman whose sermons have not invariably reformed sinners, and perhaps a doctor whose prescriptions have not always healed the sick; and having, as I am sure he has, a sense of humor, has been convulsed by the incongruous immodesty of two critics uniting to wage a "furious hating attack," in the name of Christianity, on Christian Science. Perhaps, too, he reads the papers, and remembers the case of the little shopkeeper recently sent to prison, in Bavaria, for wrapping a herring in a journal containing a picture of a saint.

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