Our worthy critic is at variance with the Bishop of St. Albans...

North Eastern Advertiser

Our worthy critic is at variance with the Bishop of St. Albans (Dr. Bolton Furse). The Bishop, discussing spiritual healing at the Diocesan Conference, said he could not believe it was right to say when a human being died of physical disorder that it was God's will to take him. Dr. Furse believes that disease and disorder in the physical sphere are as much against God's will as disease or disorder in the moral or spiritual sphere. Surely the clergyman critic must be wrongly reported to have said that Mrs. Eddy asserted her claim to immortality in vain. Surely he does not mean us to understand that man has no claim to immortality or because he goes through the experience we call death that he loses his claim to immortality. Is Paul wrong when he declares: "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. . . . But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"? Rather, we think, is the critic twitting a wholly sincere Christian woman, the beloved Leader of unnumbered thousands of men and women, with having passed through this experience. But why do this, when Mrs. Eddy herself never made any claim that she would succeed in this paramount demonstration? The truth of the matter is that the critic preached not about Christian Science but about his conception of it. What Christian Science is can best be learned from a quiet persual of the authorized Christian Science literature, and in particular of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

The Rich Young Man
April 18, 1925

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