Pastor Langford, writing with reference to the epidemic,...

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Pastor Langford, writing with reference to the epidemic, makes this statement: "Contrary to the claim of the Scientist, it will not help the situation to remove the fear of the people." Probably the pastor stands alone in entertaining this idea; at least he is the only one, so far, to publicly announce such sentiments. People generally have come to see a very direct relation between fear and disease, as indicated in Job's well-known dictum, "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me." More than that, people are coming to rely confidently and intelligently on the comforting assurance in Isaiah: "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; ... when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."

The clergyman says further on in his letter that "Christian Science makes certain propositions to its devotees which it cannot fulfill." In reply it may be said that the propositions of Christian Science are simply the propositions and promises of the Bible; and while no one pretends that Christian Scientists have absolutely fulfilled them all, still it is conceded that better health and morals abound on all sides as a result of the teaching and practice of Christian Science.

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