According to statements made in two sermons on Christian Science...

The Standard,

According to statements made in two sermons on Christian Science which were reported in your paper, it appears that we should "prove all things; hold fast that which is good," but should beware of reading the literature of Christian Science. The author of the sermons added that if a copy of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, in his hand were his own and not a borrowed volume, he would gladly have burned it, so that it might never be read; the inference being, of course, that it would be a good thing if every piece of Christian Science literature in existence were destroyed, so that no one anywhere might be able to read what Christian Scientists have to say in explanation of their religion. How the process of proving all things is to be facilitated by suppressing a portion of the proof is not made clear in the sermons. We do not believe the good pastor really wishes to place himself in the ranks of the book burners, because doubtless he has read religious history and knows where they invariably have stood and how they invariably have failed.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good," is a favorite text with Christian Scientists, and they urge its fullest application. It is their best assurance of the correctness of their own position; their strongest answer when charged with beliefs and practices which unprejudiced investigation will show to be without justification in fact. For instance, when an attempt is made publicly to discredit Christian Science by picturing Mrs. Eddy in uncomplimentary and unkind terms, Christian Scientists are aware that thinking persons will at once detect the irreconcilable difference between an alleged individual as thus described and the good works which Mrs. Eddy is known to have accomplished through her teachings and writings and through the institutions she established. Among those who heard or read the recent sermons, there must have been some who observed that one whose example inspired her followers to "occupy their minds with thoughts of purity, kindness, and love," could not have been herself the personification of opposite qualities. Others no doubt appreciated the incongruity of the admission in one place that Christian Science is to be thanked for "having reemphasized some important and helpful truths," and the subsequent attempt to prove that it "has not a single intelligible idea in it."

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