Taking the misstatements of an evangelist in their order,...

Rochester (N. Y.) Times

Taking the misstatements of an evangelist in their order, the first one attributed to him is that "Christian Science denies the divinity of Jesus Christ." In refutation of this claim it is merely necessary to quote from the tenets of Christian Science as found on page 497 of the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy: "We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness;" and again, "We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man's unity with God through Christ Jesus the Wayshower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death."

Christian Science does not say there is no sickness in the world. It is engaged in overcoming sickness wherever it exists. On page 460 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy states: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction." Concerning the assertion that "Christian Science says there is no death, and yet even Mrs. Eddy died," it may be pointed out that on page 426 of Science and Health the direct statement is made that "death will disappear with the disappearance of sin."

Moreover, as to the inferential assertion that Mrs. Eddy expected to remain on this plane of existence, it surely should be sufficient to settle once and for all the absurd charge that she believed her mortal body to be undying, to point out that she made a will. Furthermore, no Christian Scientist with any knowledge of the metaphysical facts, and surely none who adheres to the teachings of Mrs. Eddy herself, believes or pretends to believe in her resurrection on this planet. Her precise teachings on this point may be of interest to those who are in the habit of getting their information by hearsay or at second-hand. On page 74 of the Christian Science textbook we read that one's "return to a material condition, after having once left it, would be as impossible as would be the restoration to its original condition of the acorn, already absorbed into a sprout which has risen above the soil."

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