The Rev. Mr. —announces his intention to continue his...

The Star-Journal

The Rev. Mr. —announces his intention to continue his attacks on Christian Science all summer. Because his attempts to discredit Christian Science have been corrected, the reverend gentleman apparently has the impression that he must continue his attacks, even to the point of wearying the public with his distorted references to Mrs. Eddy and his perversions of the teaching of Christian Science.

Christian Scientists have no desire to discredit this critic or the religious organization to which he belongs. The object of the answers to his attacks is not to discredit him, or even to offend him, but merely to protect the cause of Christian Science from the effects of his mistaken and perverted views. Contrary to his assertions, Christian Scientists do not attack other denominations, either in lectures or in the Christian Science periodicals. The critic will search in vain throughout the literature of Christian Science for such attacks. To comment upon and make clear the teachings of the Bible is a blessed privilege all Christians have. To interpret these teachings according to the Christian's highest understanding is also a privilege open to all.

That the Christian Science interpretation of the Scriptures does not conform to the theological concepts of this clergyman, seems to be his grievance, and because of this grievance he deems it his duty, as the self-appointed guardian of other people's religious views, to ridicule and abuse these views in the public press with a choice collection of adjectives and innuendoes. I am quite sure that the gentleman will protest that what he has done and is doing is in the interest of Christianity. But as a student of Christianity, he should know that the same specious plea has been advanced by every inquisitor that ever lighted the fagots at a martyr's stake or tightened the ropes on a torturing rack.

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