It is good to find the Rev. Mr.—taking an active interest...

Blackburn (England) Times

It is good to find the Rev. Mr.—taking an active interest in Christian Science. This is only another instance of the wide-spread attention which the subject is attracting among all classes. Today there is no topic of more intelligent inquiry wherever two or three are gathered together in any part of the world. The one not of general surprise is that people possessing such intelligence and practical common sense in other matters, should so often be found among its warmest advocates or as actual members of the Christian Science church. This fact at once disposes of the criticism that reasonable beings are deterred from accepting the statements of Science and Health because of their apparent difficulty. Your readers who have already learned to take the subject seriously, have found that just in proportion to their fair and honest inquiry lies the ability to put these statements to the test of demonstration.

If the critic had treated the Christian Science text-book with the same respect that he would handle and quote from any other scientific manual, he would not have fallen into the error of mutilating the context by misquotations. No one would ever think of finding a true explanation of any subject in this way. After all, his difficulties are only those of his own creating, and probably do not concern more people than himself. It is only another instance where so much is required to be unlearned before the real enlightenment of a new subject can reach us. This is the rule of illumination in most great subjects, and Christian Science is no exception to the rule in this respect. It is willingness to sit down before the facts like a little, child, which qualifies one to graduate in any school of experience, and those who have submitted themselves to Mrs. Eddy's guidance after this fashion, have found a new understanding of God, a new interpretation of the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus, and a new and more loving interest in their fellow men. These are facts within the reach of any intelligent inquirer, as a result of which many are already leaving the churches of their earlier affiliation, and many are finding their way to church who had never been there before, or having been, had been driven away by the sheer logic of a lifeless creed.

Such being the case, your readers must have been rather amused to find the reverend gentleman making an attempt to show a discrepancy between statements delivered in a public lecture on Christian Science, and other statements, taken haphazard and unrelated to their context, from Science and Health, the Christian Science text-book.

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October 24, 1914

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