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The Eagle

An article in your paper quotes from the Catholic Truth Society's notes, in which the Rev. Dr.—is said to have "paid his respects to modernism in religion," and states that "Christian Science robs Christ of both his cross and his crown, and puts the fool's cap upon the sober brow of reason."

This statement should not go unchallenged, first, because it is not true; second, while Christian Scientists do not fear or take offense at criticisms of their faith, they feel it to be a duty which they owe to their fellow men and women, in consonance with the golden rule, not to allow anything so vital to the welfare of mankind as Christian Science to be openly misrepresented without at least attempting a correction in an equally open manner. This duty becomes almost imperative because of the widely acknowledged efficacy of Christian Science in working out the present salvation of mankind from sinful habits and diseased conditions, many of which were formerly considered incurable, and because of the many people who are in need of that healing truth.

Our critic is no doubt sincere in his belief that Christian Science teaching differs somewhat from his particular idea about the cross and the crown, and he has a right to his opinion. Christian Scientists will not attempt to rob him of it, nor of his concept of a "fool's cap upon the sober brow of reason," if he wishes to retain it; but that concept is not enlightening, leads nowhere, and certainly does not apply to Christian Science. If there is any one thing about the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, that impresses the student more than any other, it is its faultless logic, reasoning from premises to conclusions from which there is no escape, and by means of which truth may be discerned from falsity, reality from unreality, the seen and temporal from the unseen and eternal.

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