Permit me to correct an erroneous impression that might...

Dakota County Tribune

Permit me to correct an erroneous impression that might seem to be gained from your editorial on "Christian Science and Hog Cholera." Like other subjects, Christian Science is not immune from misinterpretation, and what its adherents say is too often garbled and misconstrued. Christian Scientists are not devoting themselves especially to the healing of dumb animals, hence the statements quoted in your editorial were ill advised, to say the least. Christian Science is a great religious system, which explains the omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence of God and His great love for His children, and as a result of a realization of its teachings God becomes Immanuel, or "God with us," in the lives and experiences of Christian Scientists, and His healing presence dissipates disease and destroys sin.

The logical aim and a result of Christian Science is to produce harmony, and its ultimate effect will be to make this entire universe one of peace and concord, with no room or place for discord or disturbance of any kind or nature. We would not now disparage that faith in God which seeks Him as a remedy for ills of any kind, even in the dumb creation; and from our experiences today we can readily realize that the effects of thought are not limited to the human creation. The man who has faith in God and discredits the view that His love could bring disaster and injury to any of His creation, certainly reflects a greater possibility for relieving the discomforts of the animal creation and promoting their better condition.

Christian Science is interested in instilling into the consciousness of men not only the faith in but the understanding of God, and it does not presume to limit the effects that such understanding will produce in any of the world's activities. It should not be unnatural or unusual for dumb animals to experience the effects of divine Love as reflected through humanity.

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February 27, 1915

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