A clergyman's high estimate of material methods in combating...

Gloucester (Mass.) Times

A clergyman's high estimate of material methods in combating disease, as reported in the Times some time ago, discloses a sufficient justification for the closing of his church, because the church service was not essential in a time of need. His creed evidently conforms to the definition of religion which he cited, in being simply "organized hopes and aspirations" without the satisfaction or possibility of fulfillment. Such is apt to be the result, unless religion is based on an exact, demonstrable knowledge of God, which is true Science.

Now that time has elapsed since the prevalence of the popular epidemic, for a just estimate to be made of some things brought into prominence during that trying period, it can safely be said that Christian Science was as successful in handling the situation as was the medical profession, not to mention a more favorable comparison which is possible. Some things were evident in the process of the experience, but one of those things was not unanimity amony authorities as to the proper course of procedure.

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