Clergymen and all other opponents of evil in its many...

Benton Harbor (Mich.) News Palladium

Clergymen and all other opponents of evil in its many forms are to be congratulated upon having the moral courage to warn the public against the pitfalls of the present day, provided they know the facts concerning them. We presume that the minister knows the truth of the play which he censures; but when he drops his cue and by innuendo attacks a religion of which he has little information, the good which he is doing begins to be lost sight of by the many who know the truth about the aforesaid religion and its Discoverer and Founder.

This critic tells your readers that "sin exists and did exist long before Mrs. Eddy began to claim she knew so much," etc. I cannot imagine a Christian minister wishing to be discourteous to the memory of such an eminent American woman as Mrs. Eddy, or to misrepresent her teachings, when the truth concerning them is so readily obtainable. At this late hour no one is justified in so doing, for the various writings of the Founder of Christian Science can be read in every city in the land.

Neither Mrs. Eddy nor her followers have ever denied the existence of sin or evil as being apparent and very real to mortal sense. On page 210 of Science and Health she writes thus: "To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real;" on page 188: "Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment;" on page 404: "A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them." More than one thousand references condemning sin in its various forms can be found in the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Would it not be a more kindly act to withhold criticism of others until one really knows whereof he speaks?

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