A contributor to your paper, in an address on superstition,...

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A contributor to your paper, in an address on superstition, made a casual reference to Christian Science. He selects as his definition of superstition that of "faith or belief founded on ignorance." Christian Science can no more be said to be founded on ignorance than were the teachings and works of Christ Jesus; but Mrs. Eddy recognized that behind these miracles of Jesus must lie the Science of all healing, and that this Science was divine. She therefore studied the Scriptures for the purpose of discovering this divine law which healed the sick in Jesus' time and which had healed her of the results of what was expected to be a fatal accident; and she found that the sick and sinning could be healed to-day through a fuller understanding of God and His laws. This is very far removed from ignorance or blind faith; and that it is scientific is proved by the fact that these same results are being accomplished by Christian Scientists to-day in ever increasing ratio. The man who has been healed of a so-called incurable disease, or the sinner of a so-called incurable appetite, knows exactly how little part superstition has played in this work.

The speaker himself is reported as having said in his address that "reason was allowed to remain in abeyance by the gret mass of humanity because it is easier to adopt established notions than to think for themselves." This observation is pertinent, for it is just this condition of thought which prevents honest inquiry and the advance of humanity out of superstitious beliefs to the fuller understanding of God and His laws, which Christian Science gives.

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