The editorial on Christian Science and sanitation in a...

Providence (R. I.) Journal

The editorial on Christian Science and sanitation in a recent issue of the Journal was so far from the actual case that a Christian Scientist can hardly believe it was intended to be taken seriously. But since it was not marked "facetious," it is liable to be regarded as authentic; hence the publication of this letter is earnestly requested.

The effect of Christian Science with any one who lives according to its teachings, is to increase his efficiency in whatever calling he may engage. The inevitable results of the consistent study and practice of this Science include an augmented physical ability, a quickened mental capacity, and a greater power over the various hindrances to success in any legitimate endeavor. Christian Science thus enables its consistent students to become more proficient in any department of the world's work.

Of course, a consistent Christian Scientist would not engage in certain occupations. Some of them he would regard as essentially wrong; certain others would not be congenial, although he would recognize them as supply temporary needs and therefore consistent, for the present, with the general welfare. Whether sanitary engineering would be an agreeable profession to a Christian Scientist, I do not know; but I do know that Christian Science practitioners, doing the regular work of that ministry, are engaged in effective sanitation that is benefiting not only the particular persons whom they serve, but the whole human race.

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