Will you kindly permit me to take exception to a reference...


Will you kindly permit me to take exception to a reference to Christian Science appearing in a recent issue? The article in which this reference appears is copied from another paper, and the statement is, "The Christian Scientists and other faith-healers who close their eyes to the possibilities of material aid, that may often so potently be added to the psychotherapy they are employing, swell the death-rate." The writer of this article is mistaken in assuming that Christian Scientists "swell the death-rate." The contrary is true. Christian Scientists are largely recruited from the ranks of those who have at one time been considered hopelessly ill. They have turned to this teaching as a last resort, and found therein the healing which they had failed to find in other systems of cure.

In discussing the merits of Christian Science it should be borne in mind that those who advocate this teaching do so from no sense of religious fanaticism, but base their decision upon practical experience. This experience covers not only their acquaintance with Christian Science, but usually with medicine as well. It is interesting to note, that in the same mail with this article from your paper came another clipping from a western paper which stated that Christian Scientists were considered as among the best risks enumerated by certain authorities on life insurance. Those who have acquaintance among the Christian Scientists can testify that these people are enjoying good health and are apparently happy. It is true that they depend upon the prayer of understanding for the healing of their ills, but in doing so they depend upon a God who is omnipotent and omnipresent, a God who throughout all ages has been looked to as the infinite, in whom can be found that peace "which passeth all understanding" and who healeth all our diseases.

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