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In your recent issue there appeared a report of an address on "Spiritual Healing," delivered by the Rev. G. Q. Warner, B. D., to the clerical alumni of the University of Trinity College, in which he is reported to have declared, in speaking of Christian Science, that,—to quote the words of the report,—"while containing in it an element of truth he nevertheless classed it as dangerous." It is fair to assume that the serious consideration of the subject of spiritual healing to-day in the Christian church is occasioned by its recognized practicability. It is a matter of record that the Christian Science church for half a century and more has procured for itself this more or less reluctant recognition, by demonstrating its practicability in obedience to the inescapable dual command of Christianity's Founder, Christ Jesus, to preach the gospel and to heal the sick. For Christian Science to be considered "dangerous" by those unfortunately having a misconception of its teaching, is but a repetition of the same unbelief which pronounced Christ Jesus dangerous for doing the will of his Father in teaching and demonstrating spiritual healing. It was said of him, "Thou hast a devil," and that "he stirreth up the people;" and he was accused of being gluttonous and a winebibber. Paul, because he demonstrated his Master's teaching, was considered a "pestilent fellow." It is encouraging to know that as persistent, falsely educated belief yields to demonstrable truth, denunciation ceases.

The Anglican clergy in England, who attended the Lambeth Conference some time ago, considering the subject of spiritual healing, heard that there was much in Christian Science which ought to be found within the Anglican church. This declaration might be applied to discussions such as the one necessitating this corrective comment, when it is considered that in all the Christian Science literature, in all the Christian Science church services, and on every Christian Science lecture platform, not one word is written or uttered by way of criticism, censure, or condemnation of any one having other opinions.

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Be Still
November 6, 1926

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