In my experience of twenty-one years as a Christian Scientist...

The Eldon (Iowa) Forum and Register

In my experience of twenty-one years as a Christian Scientist I have never seen a correct statement of Christian Science emanating from one who thought himself opposed to it. I have therefore come to the conclusion that one who knows enough of Christian Science to state its teachings correctly, knows too much about it to oppose it.

When one presumes to state of Christian Science that it is "neither Christian nor scientific," he arrogates to himself a right which he does not lawfully possess. Christianity is a religion of works, not of words. It is to be judged, not by what some one may say about it, but by what it is accomplishing. On this basis of judgment Christian Science is found to be both Christian and scientific, because its teachings and practices are in accord with those of Christ Jesus, the Wayshower for humanity; and again, because it presents an orderly arrangement of ascertained facts about God, man, and the universe.

The teachings of Christian Science are positive and demonstrable, and are gratefully acknowledged and followed by hundreds of thousands of people who have experienced the beneficial results from them. In the face of such evidence it is presumptuous for any one to advertise himself as lecturing on "Christian Science V. Common Sense," unless "commonsense" is susceptible of some definitions which are not ordinarily accepted.

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