At an inquest recently held at Surbiton, as reported in...

Courier and Herald

At an inquest recently held at Surbiton, as reported in your recent issue, the coroner stated that Christian Scientists "did not recognize disease and would not give any treatment for it." As this statement is untrue and misleading, I respectfully request space in your columns to correct it. Christian Scientists certainly recognize disease as one of the many baneful facts of human experience, and one that calls for very definite treatment. This treatment is directed toward the expulsion from human consciousness of the belief of disease as being real or God-created. The wholly mental nature of all disease is a demonstrable fact, which, due to the advent of Christian Science, is becoming more widely recognized; and the superiority of true spiritual healing, as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus, over all other methods, is attested by the countless cases of healing accomplished through Christian Science treatment. It is noteworthy that in a large proportion of the cases dealt with in Christian Science, the patients have been victims of so-called incurable diseases, and all other means have generally been tried and proved to be futile by them. This being so, it is somewhat anomalous for the coroner to refer to Christian Science as a "broken reed;" especially so, in view of the fact that in the case in question, all other methods, to which it would appear this term would appropriately apply, had been tried unsuccessfully.

Moreover, Christian Science is no more disproved by an apparent failure to demonstrate its truths in a particular instance than is the science of numbers when its rules are incorrectly applied to a particular mathematical problem. Such statements as the coroner's carry no weight, when it is considered that for the past half century Christian Science has been healing all manner of disease through the activity in human consciousness of the Christ, or Truth, which Jesus said "shall make you free."

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November 6, 1926

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