In a recent issue of your esteemed paper there appeared,...


In a recent issue of your esteemed paper there appeared, under the heading "Against Modern Diseases of Occultism," a review of Docent E. Briem's book, "Modern Religious Substitutes." The reviewer writes of the last chapter of the book as follows: "Christian Science, its water-soaked rambling prayers and its superstitious belief in 'mind-cure' is duly illustrated in the last chapter of this book. It would have been well, however, if the author had been able to find space for the illustration of some of the more fruit-bearning sidelines, for instance for the programs of Coué and others, not to mention Immanuel Kant, which have spoken of the superiority of the psychic over the body with at least some more authority than Mrs. Eddy." In order to prevent any false impression which these remarks may have given your readers regarding Christian Science, I shall be especially thankful if you will kindly allow me an opportunity to present some facts concerning this religion.

On page 1 of "Rudimental Divine Science" Mary Baker Eddy defines Christian Science as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." Christian Science is an exact Science with a fixed Principle and unchanging rules Spiritual understanding is necessary in order to demonstrate its divine Principle, for spiritual things must be spiritually discerned. Christian Science cannot be explained from the viewpoint of scholastic theology, nor with the help of human hypotheses; and every attempt to do so must result in merely human speculations or opinions, which are valueless. It must be perfectly clear to everyone that if one does not understand either the Principle or the rules of this Science, it is impossible for him to demonstrate it; and he is therefore not qualified to pass judgment upon it. The claims of Christian Science rest upon proofs, and these are so definite and numerous that misrepresentations cannot overthrow them.

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