We note in a recent issue, in a report of Evangelist—'s...

The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune

We note in a recent issue, in a report of Evangelist—'s meeting, a very unfriendly and seemingly unnecessary criticism of Christian Science, in which he classes it with spiritualism and other isms, and refers to it as a system of false religion.

Our critic recognizes in mankind a universal longing for a better and higher life, and he deplores the fact that people are turning from the churches and going to Christian Science. If this is a fact, the logical conclusion would be that they are failing to find in the church that which satisfies the universal longing in the heart of man for a "higher and better life." Their remaining with Christian Science is proof of the fact that they find something which satisfies, which meets their needs; that they find present salvation, as promised in the gospel. Christian Science insists on the full and undivided gospel of faith and works. "Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works," said St. James.

Jesus and his apostles taught and demonstrated a gospel of present salvation from sin, sickness, and all the other ills that flesh is heir to. That same gospel was taught and the people were healed and saved for three hundred years after the Master's ascension, and its Principle was discovered and put into practice by Mrs. Eddy nearly fifty years ago. Since that time there have been hundreds of thousands who have put that same gospel to the test as taught by Christian Science, and this teaching has spread from state to state, and from country to country, until it embraces the earth. The growth of Christian Science was greater in 1914 than during any year previous. There was a time when criticisms on Christian Science were common, but now its methods of healing and the lives of the Christian Scientists are so well known among intelligent people, that there is very little excuse for any misrepresentation.

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