If Christian Science were what our critic claims it to be,...

Oconomowoc (Wis.) Enterprise

If Christian Science were what our critic claims it to be, there would be nothing left to consider, because there would be neither Christian Science nor Christian Scientists; but fortunately for all, the truth it teaches enables every one to prove each step of the way in individual consciousness. On this basis of proof it rests; and on this basis it has in half a century girdled the earth and given to multitudes health, happiness, and prosperity.

In giving to your readers some explanation as to "why he is not a Christian Scientist," there is every evidence that our critic is not acquainted with Christian Science teachings, and consequently subjects this religion to misrepresentation. There is not the slightest warrant for attempting to liken Christian Science to paganism. Nothing is in more marked contrast than are the teachings of the two. Christian Science is based upon the Scriptural teachings concerning the omnipotent, the All-in-all, or God. It accords with the Master's declaration that "God is a Spirit," and every statement contained in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," is consistently deduced from this premise. Christian Science endorses the teaching that God is good, and that He made all that was made, "and, behold, it was very good."

I note that the most "vigorous protest" against this religion is made on the assumption that Mrs. Eddy directly contradicts the teachings of the Master. Then follow remarks tending to show that the line of demarcation between the human sense of death and man's individuality as spiritual and eternal has not been made. Christian Science does not deny that matter, sin, sickness, and death seem real to mortals. It makes that much needed distinction, however, between the illusiveness of the corporeal senses and the Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus."

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September 19, 1914

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