In a recent issue you class Christian Science as one of those...

Uralla (New South Wales) Times

In a recent issue you class Christian Science as one of those "apostles of demagogism" which, when the chief secretary has selected certain places in the city of Sydney for open-air speaking, "can pour out the vial of their wrath and knowledge unimpeded by the heavy hand of the law." Will you permit me briefly to say that in so classing Christian Science you have fallen into an error. This Science is entirely opposed to a method of propagation such as you suggest. Its nature and object being peaceful and law-abiding, it works in harmony therewith, and its adherents are scrupulously careful in the use of the means they adopt to spread what they believe is the truth of Christianity.

Demagogism is defined as popular and factious oratory. Christian Science lays no stress on oratory as such, and avoids everything that is in any way factious or turbulent; while if by mistake any of its "apostles" found themselves possessed of a vial of wrath, they would, in pouring out, temper the wrath with that courtesy and gentleness which, as followers of the great Master, they always endeavor to manifest. Open-air speaking or preaching in advocacy of Christian Science is not practised in any part of the world. Its public gatherings are strictly limited to Sunday services, Wednesday evening testimony meetings, and occasional lectures in some building. Added to these, there is of course the circulation of authorized literature. Yet in this quiet, unobtrusive way there is, to quote from page 149 of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, "hardly a city, village, or hamlet, in which are not to be found living witnesses and monuments to the virtue and power of Truth, as applied through this Christian system of healing disease."

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