As reported in the Herald an evangelist has taken occasion...

Clinton (Iowa) Herald

As reported in the Herald an evangelist has taken occasion to criticize what he terms "new doctrines," making special mention of Christian Science. Now as a matter of fact Christian Science is not a new doctrine. Its Principle is God, and its practices are those which were instituted and recommended by the Founder of Christianity. Therefore as a teaching of Truth, Christian Science is as old as Christianity itself. When Mrs. Eddy discovered the Principle of Christian healing and made it known to humanity in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she simply discovered something which had always existed, and which might at any time have been discovered and put into practice by any one sufficiently pure in thought to do so.

The critic makes the point that Nicodemus testified of Jesus, "Thou art a teacher come from God," and speaking of Christian Science the evangelist states: "Thou art a teacher come from—come from Boston, like Mrs. Eddy and her Christian Science." Nicodemus could testify that Jesus was a teacher come from God because of certain indisputable proofs of his Messiahship that were presented. Jesus himself, in answering the question propounded by the disciples of John the Baptist, stated: "Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, . . . the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."

The critics of Jesus' time asked, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Jesus' teaching, however, did not originate in Nazareth; neither did Mrs. Eddy's teaching originate in Boston. The proofs which Jesus offered of his Messiahship are the proofs which Christian Science offers of its Christianity.

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