In a recent sermon the Rev. Mr.— is reported in your...

Eugene (Ore.) Guard

In a recent sermon the Rev. Mr.—is reported in your paper to have asserted that Christian Scientists—together with certain others whose beliefs differ from his own—are "adherents of a religion other than the Christian religion." This is a rather important assertion for a minister of the gospel to make, and I am sure that you will be willing to give space for an answer to the charge.

In the first place, it cannot be denied that many of the teachings of Christian Science differ from those of the reverend critic. But this fact does not in the least invalidate Christian Science or by any means lead to his astonishing conclusion—that Christian Science is not Christian. If he had taken the trouble to study Christian Science and find out exactly what it does teach, his only justifiable conclusion would be that Christian Science is different from his own belief; and he would have been spared the contumely of making a statement which cannot stand the test of logic.

October 10, 1914

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