It will not do for the uninitiated, the casualist, to pass...

The Review

It will not do for the uninitiated, the casualist, to pass criticism and present the assumption that there is fakism or superficiality in the doctrine of Christian Science. Nevertheless, there are some things that confront the incredulous which are worthy of consideration as fact. Hundreds of thousands of men and women throughout the world have accepted Christian Science as the right and true way to relieve distress of illness by healing through prayer, also as a means by which man may come into close communion with his creator and find a way to salvation.

Then there are such apparently logical and practical thoughts in the Science way, if one can accept even partially the view of the lecturer who spoke recently at the Grand. We were refreshed by the beauty, the optimism, the persuasive sweetness of the hour occupied by the speaker, who was exquisite in his language to convey thought, correctly poised and delightfully eloquent in dramatic expression, word, and gesture; a forceful personality that carried impressive effect to his audience, which was at once attentive and analytic, and studiously devoted to the theme of its guest.

The event was enriched by the perfect accord of all essentials contributive. In many passages the lecturer made telling scores in support of Christian Science, its benefits, its powers, failing at no period to complete with well-rounded phrase the force of his deduction. With reference to sickness, the confidence with which Christian Science is recommended by the power of prayer is amazing to one not of the belief. Sickness in causation is mind illness. Speaking of prayer to heal, an example to illustrate the necessity for the right sort of prayer was given of two men: one, standing in the street, earnestly implores the bank to give him his money; then the second man, passing into the bank, fills in his check, signs it properly, and presents his claim for his money according to the rules—the science—of doing the thing. So, a person may be earnest and sincere and yet be without knowledge to secure that which he desires. Healing by prayer is possible when an understanding of how to ask for the blessing is possessed.

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