Under the heading, "Smallpox in the United States," a...

Morning Herald

Under the heading, "Smallpox in the United States," a writer in your issue of recent date makes an allusion to Christian Science which might lead those unacquainted with the teachings of Christian Science to incorrect conclusions. Christian Science has no quarrel with the medical profession. If recognizes there are grand men and women in that profession, doing the best they can with the means and knowledge at their disposal; but, being material, the same has not the power of spiritual law. Christian Science teaches that all are and should be free to choose that school of healing in which they may have trust and confidence.

The method of Christian Science is the same that was adopted by Christ Jesus, the most successful healer ever known. It is the restatement and rediscovery of that spiritual law which he used, and which has been, is, and always will be, ever operative in proportion as it is understood and used. Christian Scientists do not desire to force the teachings of Christian Science on any, because they recognize that this spiritual law is such that the compulsion of its adoption will be from its success, the only true force being the operation of Truth. Our financiers and bankers do not require a law passed to compel the adoption of the ... system of arithmetic as known and used. Why? Because, by its inherent correctness and results, it of itself compels such adoption. Any method of healing which is as certain in its results will require no compulsion, and until this is universally proved of any system it is certainly unwise and wrong to adopt coercive law. Christian Science is not antimedical, but is the highest form of medical treatment, the medicine of divine Mind operating as spiritual law.

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