A local clergyman recently made an abusive attack upon...

The Glenwood Springs (Col.) Avalanche

A local clergyman recently made an abusive attack upon Christian Science and upon Mrs. Eddy, its Discoverer and Founder. Christian Scientists have given no provocation to this brother to merit this assault, as they do not attack other religious bodies, but believe thoroughly that the religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and of the state should be respected both in letter and in spirit. The fact that interest in Christian Science is growing in any community is frequently heralded by attacks such as this clergyman indulged in. Of course if Christian Science did not produce results it would not be attacked.

Attempts to discredit Christian Science healing and the remarkable physical, moral, and spiritual improvement in Christian Scientists as a result of the application of Christian Science have not been successful in the past, and this attack in your city will have no effect in obstructing the progress of Christian Science. Humanity hungers for surcease from sickness, disease, sin, want, woe, and death; and Christian Science gives this freely to all who will study and strive to understand its teachings. Christian Science makes available to this age the spiritual healing which Jesus and his apostles taught and practised. Distortion, invective, and innuendo can no longer hide from the people this spiritual healing, the "pearl of great price;" nor can abusive personal attacks upon Mrs. Eddy alter the tremendous fact that Christian Science as she has stated and demonstrated it is the most potent and reliable healing agency in the world today. Christian Science heals the body and uplifts the thought to grasp spiritual truths, because it teaches full and complete reliance on God; it also teaches implicit obedience to the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Drugs, electricity, manipulation, autosuggestion, and hypnotism are no part of Christian Science and are contrary to the commandment quoted.

Mankind has had quite enough of polemics and religious animosity. Attacks upon a more spiritual religion have never helped the race; on the contrary, they constitute the saddest pages of history. If the critics and traducers of Christian Science are earnestly seeking to bring the kingdom of God to earth, they will strive to emulate the good works of Christian Science in healing the sick and purifying the sinner, instead of arguing against the healing efficacy of divine, ever present Love.

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October 30, 1915

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