Kindly allow me to make a statement in regard to a syndicated...


Kindly allow me to make a statement in regard to a syndicated health talk by a doctor, which appeared in the Constitution recently, wherein an individual was referred to as a rabid, fanatical Christian Scientist. Now let it be observed that although Christian Scientists are thoroughly in earnest about and consecrated to their religion, their practice of it has not one point of resemblance to fanaticism or unreasonableness. In adhering to the spiritual teachings of Christian Science, the deportment of its adherents is usually marked by sincerity, quietness, and good will. Furthermore, while wise Christian Scientists are always happy to introduce, through right methods and properly prescribed channels, the teachings of their religion to those honestly seeking Truth, they do not attempt to foist Christian Science upon anyone. The serenity which usually distinguishes the daily round of the student of Christian Science comes from an increasing understanding of God and His spiritual creation, gained through a systematic study of the Bible, in connection with "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. There is a great multitude of people scattered throughout the world who, being in dire need of physical healing, or suffering from the baneful effects of sin, lack, worry, and other equally distressing difficulties, turned to Christian Science for aid and are now joyously echoing the strains of the Hebrew bard, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."

Branding Christian Science as "foolishness" does not evidence either dignity or discretion. Contrariwise, it indicates either a lack of understanding of our religion, or an intense bias, and therefore a disregard for facts. To the "carnally minded" the spiritual nature of the ever present God and His reflection, man, is not revealed, and is foolishness to them. Likewise, as Paul states, "the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."

Reporting the gathering of Christian Scientists in Boston, Massachusetts, at the dedication of the extension of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in that city, the Boston Herald chronicled the following: "If Christian Science gives such serene, beautiful expressions, it would not be a bad thing if all the world turned to the new religion." "Quietly, without a trace of fanaticism, making their remarkable statements with a simplicity which sprang from the conviction that they would be believed, scores of Christian Scientists told of cures from diseases, physical and mental, at the testimony meetings that marked the close of their visit to Boston; cures that carried one back to the age of miracles."

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November 19, 1927

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