I respect the sincerity of Pastor—. Like most of the...

Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle

I respect the sincerity of Pastor—Like most of the leaders of Christian thought, he is inspired with his version of the truth. But oh, for the man who will some day rise up in this world of controversy, a man who will preach his revelation of truth so earnestly, so enthusiastically, that he will forget to criticize or misrepresent the creed of his neighbor, who is serving Christ along a road he has never traveled ! Now, I am not a Christian Scientist; but I love fair play. In his two sermons, this critic has misrepresented Christian Science. I have read and reread Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." I do not agree wit it, but above all things, I must admit its chief merit is consistency. I disagree with its premises; but those who accept its premises must accept its conclusions.

I will take one statement—the principal one—of this attack on Christian Science. These are the critic's own words : "Christian Science denies these facts, declaring that there is no death, and that whoever dies merely commits 'mortal error.' It is surely against Christian Science, but confirmatory of the Bible, that for more than six thousand years mankind have been dying. What answer can our Christian Science friends make to this?" Now I do not for one moment believe this clergyman is insincere, but turn to page 348 in Science and Health. Here are Mrs. Eddy's own words: "I have never supposed the world would immediately witness the full fruitage of Christian Science, or that sin, disease, and death would not be believed for an indefinite time; but this I do aver, that, as a result of teaching Christian Science, ethics and temperance have received an impulse, health has been restored, and longevity increased. If such are the present fruits, what will the harvest be, when this Science is more generally understood?" In another part of the book Mrs. Eddy says she believes death is the last thing to be overcome.

Let those who wish really to understand Christian Science, read the six hundred pages in Science and Health, written by Mrs. Eddy, who after years of invalidism was made into a strong, energetic leader by the Science she expounds.

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