There can, I think, be no doubt that the Rev. Mr.—'s...

Northern Weekly Leader

There can, I think, be no doubt that the Rev. Mr.—'s sermon on Christian Science has been of substantial benefit to the Christian Science movement. It has never been the habit of this movement to advertise itself, and it never will be, although the Dean of Westminster has lately announced that religious advertisement is a desirable thing, as it serves subconsciously as a reminder to human thought of the kingdom of God.

Advertisement by any system of mental suggestion seems tolerably irreligious to a Christian Scientist, for he knows perfectly well that the only measure in which men can be brought to understand the kingdom of God is in proportion as they walk in the footsteps of Jesus the Christ.The whole trend of the teaching of Christian Science is to make this plain, and inasmuch as this critic has followed a great many others in drawing the attention of the world to Christian Science, he had helped to give a good many people a chance to learn something about it, when otherwise they might have waited many years before it was brought so forcibly to their attention.

The critic's monthly magazine declares that it is no breach of confidence to say that his sermon has added very much to his correspondence. That is a statement there need be no hesitation in accepting. An attack on any religion will always bring the sympathetic approval of those who dislike that religion. Judging so crudely by results is, however, always a mistake. What his magazine has omitted to realize is that though the critic may have hardened the hearts of certain opponents of the Christian Science movement, he has turned the thoughts of all those who are open-minded toward it, with the result that, as is always the case in these circumstances, his sermon has brought an enormous number of inquirers to Christian Scientists.

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