The uncomplimentary manner is which our ministerial...

Fond du Lac (Wis.) Commonwealth

The uncomplimentary manner is which our ministerial friend makes reference to Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, does not pass the notice of the reader who is familiar with her teaching, without recalling to mind the contrast between the reference as reported in this sermon and that made by Mrs. Eddy in 1895, when in speaking of the orthodox church she says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 111), "I love the orthodox church; and, in time, that church will love Christian Science." Even to the casual observer the question naturally arises, Why the contrast? Is it not well answered by referring to the apostle Paul's clear analysis of charity: "Charity envieth not; ... thinketh no evil"?

The purpose of the sermon, with its eloquence and many commendable points, is sadly weakened by the satiric manner in which reference is made to a noble and world respected woman who has received recognition for doing more to uplift the weak and lonely through her teaching than has been accomplished since the master Christian, Christ Jesus, not only taught but practiced the essence of charity, love.

Answering the statement made as to the doctrine of Christian Science having been "found wanting when put to a real test," it is the test of Christian Science that its adherents invite, and which has drawn hundreds of thousands to the truth it teaches and proves by lifting the individual from a useless, unhappy, and painful existence to a happy, healthy, and useful life; from sorrow to joy; from poverty to plenty; from bondage to material laws "into the glorious liberty of the children of God;" and "by their fruits ye shall know them."

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