In a recent issue of your paper you report an address...

Hoylake and West Kirby Advertiser

In a recent issue of your paper you report an address delivered by a clergyman in the Hoylake Congregational Church, in which Christian Science is referred to in terms which indicate a lack of knowledge on this subject on the part of the speaker. We trust, therefore, that you will allow us space to make some necessary corrections. The clergyman discusses certain states of thought which typify particular classes of individuals; and in one class he places the "flimsy-minded mystic" to whom, he said, "the latest fad was the latest faith. One year it might be Christian Science, another year spiritualism, and another year Couéism." At the outset let us point out for the benefit of your readers that Christian Science has nothing at all in common with spiritualism or Couéism; the difference between these teachings is as great as the difference between light and darkness. Nor is Christian Science a fad. Only one who is entirely ignorant of the subject could so describe a teaching which has restored to this age the whole of Christ's garment, practical Christianity, as witnessed not only by the destruction of sin but also by the healing of the sick, through the recognition and application of God's spiritual laws, the method practiced by Christ Jesus, thereby meeting the insistent demand for works rather than mere words. The basic truth in Christian Science that God is infinite intelligence or Mind, and that consequently there is only one Mind, and an understanding of what this fact involves, would transform mankind, eliminate mental flimsiness, together with any sense of mysticism or mystery, with which false theology has clothed its erroneous concept of man, and reinstate man as God's image and likeness, spiritual and perfect, having that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus."

The "flimsy-minded mystic" may, as the speaker suggested, contract "indigestion in the mind" and "pernicious anæmia in the soul;" but the earnest student of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, will, in the assimilation of the truth of being revealed therein, gain the freedom and harmony of Soul, God, in whom "we live, and move, and have our being," according to Scriptural authority. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;" and, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Critics of Christian Science should remember that their failure to accomplish, in some degree, the healing works demanded by the Master of his followers, denotes a lack of understanding of his teaching and of the divine Principle involved in such works, and should deter them from judging a teaching which, in an encouraging measure, is doing those very works.

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