The attack on Christian Science by a Newark preacher...

Morristown (N. J.) Jerseyman

The attack on Christian Science by a Newark preacher which was printed in the Jerseyman was so mistaken as to be an imposition on the public. The writer's bias was betrayed by the manner in which he referred to Mrs. Eddy. For instance, he spoke of her as the "much be-married Mrs. Eddy." Such an expression constitutes what Jesus called "the leaven of the Pharisees." It does not explicitly state a derogatory fact, but it is calculated to convey a derogatory impression by insinuation.

Mrs. Eddy was married three times in eighty-nine years. Her first marriage occurred when she was twenty-two years old, but it was ended within six months by her husband's decease. Her second marriage took place nearly ten years later, when she was thirty-two years old. It was dissolved twenty years afterward by a divorce which she obtained for long continued desertion caused by her husband's adultery. Her third marriage occurred four years later, when she was fifty-six years old, and it was followed after five years by twenty-eight years of widowhood, which continued to the end of her earthly life. The facts are such, therefore, that Mrs. Eddy's marriages furnish no reason for criticism nor excuse for insinuation.

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