The Rev. Mr.—states that to be a Christian Scientist...

Dallas (Ore.) Observer

The Rev. Mr.—states that to be a Christian Scientist is to be "an unthinking nonentity." I am not a Christian Scientist, and know very little about this teaching; but I know much more now than I did, for the critic's remarks were such as would incline one to investigate. I have taken occasion to secure Science and Health and have read it to quite an extent, and my investigation has fully demonstrated to me that Christian Science reaches the very apex of Christianity. From my investigation I find that to be a Christian Scientist, every reliance must be placed upon the infinite power of our creator. The adherents of Christian Science are taught to follow the teachings of the Bible; they are taught to imitate, as nearly as it is possible for men to imitate, the life of Christ. They are taught to be Christians in accordance with the Bible, and are not taught that affiliation with a church, and a strick adherence to church rules and regulations made by man and subject to change at man's will, is essential to salvation. This is the impression I gained from a brief investigation.

I find that Mrs. Eddy uses the following words with reference to marriage as opposed to free love: "Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among human kind.... Marriage will continue, subject to such moral regulations as will secure increasing virtue. Infidelity to the marriage covenant is the social scourge of all races ... The commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery,' is no less imperative than the one, 'Thou shalt not kill'" (Science and Health, p. 56).

As for the grammar used by Mrs. Eddy, it seems to me that even if the reverend gentleman does qualify as a critic, and proves the grammar to be defective, I doubt very much if such proof will prove the death knell of this cause. The Bible does not teach that heavenly rewards will be meted out according as the applicant is possessed of a knowledge of grammar.

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