Our critic asserted that Christian Scientists deny the...

High River (Alberta, Canada) Times

Our critic asserted that Christian Scientists deny the need of a Savior, and that they deny the atonement. That these assertions are not true is readily seen from the following passage from the tenets of Christian Science (Science and Health, p. 497): "We acknowledge Jesus' atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man'sunity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death." Prayer in Christian Science is not "a kind of auto-suggestion to their own minds" as this critic says it is. The Lord's Prayer is the model accepted by Christian Scientists; it is repeated audibly at all Christian Science services and its spirit is silently realized. As a result it is quite usual for healing to take place at these services. Needless to say, Christian Science denounces mental suggestion in all its forms.

The influence of Christian Science in the lives of those who study it, is good only. Those who know of the large numbers who have been healed of seemingly hopeless disease and vice regret to learn of Christian clergymen through mistaken motives making such public utterances about it. It would be far better to investigate the subject fairly, to consider without prejudice or bias the evidence of its beneficent influence. This is more in keeping with the increasing spirit of tolerance of these times,—times in which it is important that all that is good should be available for those who are in need.

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Services in Camp
July 20, 1918

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