Under the heading, "Olla Podrida," you published a review...

Swedish American,

Under the heading, "Olla Podrida," you published a review of a book entitled "Ett halfar I Nya Verlden" by the late Finnish author, Alexandria Gripenburg, which includes a paragraph wherein, attempting to explain in part the modus operandi of Christian Science, she makes some very incorrect statements. Her admission that the experiences narrated in this volume occurred during her six months' sojourn in this country prior to the year 1889 makes these references to Christian Science seem decidedly antiquated. Since the publication of this book the world has been furnished with irrefutable evidence showing that through the spiritual practice of the system of healing explained in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, health, happiness, and harmony have been restored to multitudes of those who were formerly in bondage to sin, sickness, and fear.

It is quite generally conceded by all thinking persons that if the doctrine of Christian Science "contained much humbug and mystery," as this critic avers, it could not have stood the test of time or evidenced its unparalleled growth by establishing churches all over the civilized world; also, if Christian Science helps only the "imaginary sick, nervous, and hysterical," the authenticated proofs of salvation, which prove that thousands upon thousands of persons are to-day living witnesses to the healing of so-called chronic or incurable disorders, would not have appeared in the realm of fact. Furthermore, a genuine Christian Scientist does not practice deception in the exercise of his religion. If he maintains an attitude of calm in times of seeming danger and serenity when sickness is in evidence, this is because he has learned to rely upon God as an ever present help; and this attitude is not imaginary, but on the contrary it is a manifestation of confidence born of an unfaltering trust in God as a God at hand and not afar off.

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August 16, 1924

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