Why do Christian Scientists go to Church?

The active campaign recently waged by the Protestant churches of the United States in furtherance of an enlarged church attendance, has called wide attention, by way of contrast, to the satisfying nature of the Christian Science church service. It has also aroused much serious inquiry as to just why, without the lure of personal preaching, the charm of ritual, music, or other adventitious aids, the problem of a full church attendance is to Christian Scientists no problem at all. This is a fair question which deserves cordial recognition, and the attempt to answer it may not be without value to those of us who enjoy the Christian Science service but who have not stopped to analyze the secret of its power.

That the problem of church attendance and support is not a local one, is evident from discussions appearing from time to time in the foreign reviews. A very frank clergyman discusses in the Hibbert Journal (January, 1914) the question, "Why has the Church of England failed?" After eliminating as unimportant the "mental unrest" and unbelief born of "current scientific and intellectual movements," he reduces his analysis of the causes underlying non-support of church services to a sort of "spiritual slackness" which has taken possession of its communicants, due to their greater absorption in so-called "temporal pursuits and enjoyments."

Uses of Adversity
June 20, 1914

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