The report of a sermon on Christian Science, which was...

Springfield (Mass.) Union

The report of a sermon on Christian Science, which was published in a recent issue, is my reason for asking a portion of your valuable space. The speaker "called the Christian Scientists idolaters," so your report read, "as they worship a principle, not a personal God. ... The Hottentot has just as good a religion."

Invective is a projectile which carries, not forward, but backward. It is a verbal torpedo, which always explodes when you try to launch it. It is a wordy fusee, which casts a light only on the person who uses it. As for the word "Principle," or the term "divine Principle," as one of seven synonyms for God, its propriety is acknowledged by nearly all who have observed its use in Mrs. Eddy's writings. Any sincere reader of her works on Christian Science is likely to find that each and all of the synonyms which she has employed help to discover or bring into view the infinite attributes of the infinite One. Christ Jesus said, "We worship that which we know" (Rev. Ver.).

February 20, 1915
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