The "whole gospel"

That Christian healing is an essential part of Christian ministry is certainly, even if slowly, being recognized in the churches. Perhaps the most striking evidence of this was afforded by the article "Must Protestantism Adopt Christian Science?" from the pen of a priest in the Protestant Episcopal church, which appeared in the December, 1913, issue of The North American Review. According to the editor of that periodical the writer of the article reached the conclusions it embodied through "his work among his own people and his observations of those outside his communion;" therefore it was first—hand evidence. Within a few weeks still another clergyman of that denomination, the Rev. Henry B. Wilson, has voiced his views in an article which appeared in The Living Church. We quote from this article as follows:—

The steady increase in the interest of Christians in all parts of the country in the ministry of healing marks one of the most deeply important religious movements of the present generation. In certain quarters the subject may appear to be of little moment; but that is due partly to the fact that the church has worked off her first excitement attendant upon the phenomenal rise of Christian Science, and partly because there is a waning of the early popularity of the effort made, within the church, to offset Christian Science by counter—attractions in the form of psychotherapy. The attacks made upon Christian Science, while perhaps theologically satisfying, have had no results in quenching the desire of Christians for a healing ministry. More especially is this true in that, after such attacks were made, nothing was offered in their place, and the hearers found themselves where they were when they started, i. e., without a healing ministry. They were told that Christian Science was "all wrong," but they were not told what was "all right." Nothing from nothing does not leave very much.

July 29, 1916

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