It is not a pleasant thing to make an apology, but we...

The Centralia (Wash.) Chronicle

It is not a pleasant thing to make an apology, but we believe it is due to our readers to make one for our negligence in permitting the publication, in a recent issue, of certain portions of Doctor —'s sermon, wherein he continued his attack on Christian Science. The fact that we were out of the city that day and did not have personal charge of the proofs and they were printed unobserved, is no excuse for us, nor do we relish the thought that this evangelist's publicity committee did not take our announcement in good faith that we had closed our columns to this acrimonious discussion out of which could come no possible good—and in all probability much evil—for the generla advancement of the Christian cause. We seriously doubt the expediency of such religious discussions—they are not usually prompted by a broad Christian spirit which is the foundation of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.

Life is too short for us to quibble with destiny. If the tendency of the times is to commercialize religion it is contemptible, and to minimize other Christian efforts is nothing short of a return to the dark ages of fanaticism. Egotism and bigotry should find no place in any organized effort for religious advancement, and if we would but cultivate the methods of the gentle Nazarene, how much more good could be done. We came into this world on an equal footing, and the battle of life is more or less a serious affair with us all. What matters it how we worship God,—whether in an expensive church edifice of any one of the hundreds of religious denominations, or in the humble privacy of our own home,—it is all a means to an end.

It will take the accumulated energy of all religious efforts working in peace and love and harmony to combat the evils of this world, and when we see the different denominations jealous of each other's work, we must naturally conclude that the devil is working overtime in a fertile field for his own advancement. Christianity will make no material advancement in this world unless Christian workers change their methods of work. Let us be consistent Christians.

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October 28, 1916

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