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It has always seemed to me to be unfair to begin a discussion...

From the February 12, 1916 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Trenton (Neb.) Register


It has always seemed to me to be unfair to begin a discussion of any subject by discussing something not related to it, without regard either to antithesis or similarity. For instance, why should an advocate of vertical writing begin an argument in its favor by discussing cuneiform characters, leaving the inference that there is some similarity between slant writing and the primitive writings of the Persians? Christian Science bears no more relationship to mesmerism or spiritualism than Methodist does to cannibalism, and an attack on the Methodist church, if any one cared to make it, should not be prefaced by a sketch of the decline of cannibalism, coupled with a suggestion that Wesley built on its ruins.