An editorial referring to recent abnormal and inhuman...

Fort Worth (Texas) Record

An editorial referring to recent abnormal and inhuman acts of a certain individual says, "This victim of a deranged mind held many views in common with the teachings of Christian Science." This allusion to Christian Science is a crafty one, and the reader is left to draw his own conclusions as to what the writer meant. However, he seems to desire the reader to infer that Christian Science has teachings that are dangerous to the well-being of the individual and of society.

It may be said authoritatively that Christian Science has no kinship whatever with lawlessness, and that it teaches nothing that tends to desperation or that leads to destructive ends. On the contrary, it upholds law and order, and develops in every one who has the right conception of it and who applies its teachings, desirable physical and moral characteristics and a true regard for his fellow man. It is a wellknown fact that the adherents of Christian Science are cheerful people, who do not seek death as a remedy for the ills of life. They do not wish to die themselves, and they do not practise violence of any kind toward others ; hence it is a reasonable conclusion that the actions of the above-mentioned person were the result of beliefs absolutely antagonistic to those of Christian Science.

The test of a religious faith is seen in the character of results exhibited by its adherents. As for Christian Science, it bids one have the Mind which was in Christ Jesus. This truth, entertained and applied, reforms the sinner and heals the sick. It gives to one a purely spiritual concept of man's selfhood, and in this conception is no element of discord or derangement of any kind.

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