It is regrettable that the eminent surgeon who recently...

Baltimore (Md.) American

It is regrettable that the eminent surgeon who recently denounced Christian Science did not require of himself the same study and investigation necessary to understand the practise of Christian Science that he would require of those who wished to understand surgery before attempting to speak authoritatively on the subject. To speak of it in the terms he did, manifested a bitterness which to those who do not know better would seem to indicate a spirit of retaliation rather than a desire for the welfare of humanity.

Christian Science has stood the test of more than forty years, and all Christian Scientists are deeply grateful for the improved physical condition of their families since they turned to Christian Science, and the reason for it in most cases was their inability otherwise to obtain relief. That they have been made better spiritually and morally, all who know the lives of Christian Scientists will attest. They endeavor daily to practise the teachings of Jesus, and if they prefer the methods of Christ, the "Divine Physician" (a statue with this inscription commands the entrance to Johns Hopkins, where the surgeon spoke), to the material concepts of the present age, this surely does not call for condemnation. The healing he achieved is not claimed, I believe, to be inferior to that of today, and he commanded us all, or all who believe in him, to heal as he healed, through reliance on God alone.

This is the teaching of the Bible, not in an isolated place, but throughout. Is the Bible unreliable? Science is knowledge, and the knowledge of God as exemplified by Jesus is the only true science. Materialistic science, with its basic facts continually changing, is not absolute knowledge, therefore not real science. Which is illegitimate?

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