Praise as a Remedy for Criticism

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, upon the occasion of her annual message to The Mother Church in 1906, referred to Christian Science as the "higher criticism." In explaining the reference in "The First Church of Christ, Scientists, and Miscellany" (p. 240), she asserts that this claim is made because Christian Science "criticizes evil, disease, and death—all that is unlike God, good—on a Scriptural basis, and approves or disapproves according to the word of God."

Christian Science, then, is the only true criticism, teaching men to use the Master's "Yea, yea" and "Nay, nay," which a modern writer has interpreted to mean, "Yes, to God, good, and No, to evil or error." The practice of true criticism, therefore, should mention evil only on the basis of its nothingness; and the effect of such practice is to heal, cleanse, elevate, make perfect. It is impossible, however, to walk among mortals to-day and not hear insistently voiced a degraded and false criticism of persons and events. This false criticism tears down, besmirches, and misjudges, and would make even the wisest unwitting violators of the ninth commandment. It is for this false sense of criticism that all men need a remedy.

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