Readers of the Enterprise were doubtless more interested...

Matamoras (Ohio) Enterprise

Readers of the Enterprise were doubtless more interested in reading the admission by a critic that "there is some good in Christian Science" than in reading anything he has yet attempted to say on that subject—and well they might be; for that admission was the only absolutely true thing he has yet said about Christian Science. His previous utterances, for the most part, have been based on conclusions he has drawn from reading what the critics and enemies of Christian Science have said about it. While such tactics cannot possibly do any harm to Christian Science, it does seem too bad that a greater effort is not being made on the part of all churches to make practical for mankind the gospel and teachings of our Savior, rather than to waste time in criticism of people and of religious beliefs differing from their own.

We most heartily agree with our brother that the good that is in Christian Science "is in the religion of Jesus Christ and his gospel." The only thing that differentiates Christian Science from other religious beliefs in this respect is that Christian Science lays more stress on the necessity of living and practicing the teachings of our Savior than does any other church in Christendom. A Christian Scientist possesses a working knowledge of Jesus the Christ and his gospel, which it is not possible for one not understanding Christian Science to possess.

We are frank to admit that the Christian Science church is not considered evangelical by the Federation of Evangelical Churches of Ohio and America; but if to be an evangelical church means to be "agreeable to, or in the spirit of, the gospel or teachings of the New Testament" (Webster's New International Dictionary) then the Christian Science church is preeminently the evangelical church of America and the world. Its congregations are made up of healthy, happy people whose religion has transformed them physically, morally, and spiritually. The humblest members of this church are learning how to fulfill Christ Jesus' command to "preach the gospel" and "heal the sick." They can prove for themselves that proportionately as they gain the "mind of Christ" they are able to perform the works he promised that his followers should be able to perform. Thousands of persons throughout the world feel and realize that Mrs. Eddy has rendered them a service that is priceless. The demand for her writings was, and is, so great that there would naturally be a large income therefrom. She left her money to her church. It is being used, and will continue to be used, to spread throughout the earth the religion she founded.

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