I trust you will allow me space for a few remarks on the...

Laranaki Herald

I trust you will allow me space for a few remarks on the Bishop of Manchester's address as published in the Herald of recent date, in so far as it deals with Christian Science. The bishop does not hesitate to stress the necessity of distinguishing between faith and credulity, and admits the existence of the connection between faith and health; also, that "the practice of Christian Science has brought incalculable benefit to many people." And with these statements Christian Scientists will agree. Christian Science, however, goes further, by requiring that faith shall be based on spiritual understanding of God and His creation. Mrs. Eddy defines Christian Science in "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 1) as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony;" and this "law" she discovered in the precepts and practice related throughout the Bible. Christian Science, then, contrary to the bishop's ideas of it, does not depend on mere theories, but deals with those unseen things and forces which Paul tells us are spiritual, as distinguished from the temporal, which are real only to the so-called physical senses. Only to one accepting as absolutely true the evidence gained by these senses is it possible that the facts and clear logic of Christian Science appear as "singularly imbecile" theories. A practice understanding of Christian Science teaching will show that the benefits, which the bishop admits are derived from the practice of it, must result from a cause that is good; for we do not "gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles."

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