In your recent issue a reverend doctor is quoted as...

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In your recent issue a reverend doctor is quoted as having said that "Christian Science is a real cure for imaginary ills, and an imaginary cure for real ills." I am willing to credit the reverend gentleman with ignorance on this profound subject rather than intentional misrepresentation. Possibly he intended merely to be facetious. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of this now world-wide religion, has stated: "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickenss is more than fancy; it is solid conviction" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 460). Thousands of earnest men and women testify each week in Christian Science churches, at a service held for the purpose of praising God, to having been freed from disease and enslaving sin through the power of righteous thinking, in fulfillment of the promise of the Master, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." A substantial percentage of those who have been so healed turned to Christian Science only as a last resort and after many other curative systems had failed. In Science and Health one hundred pages are devoted to testimonies of healing of many forms of disease. The reverend doctor's admission that he "never heard of its curing a blind man, healing a leper, or raising anyone from the dead" proves conclusively that his investigation must have been quite superficial. Such a groundless assertion could not disprove the benefits accomplished during the past sixty years through this purely spiritual system of alleviating discord and destroying sin.

Our brother also says that "Christian Science, with all its excellence, has no message for a world of sin." In contradiction of this statement Mrs. Eddy, recognizing the great need of mankind, has written in her work "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 2) the following: "Healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian Science. It is only the bugle-call to thought and action, in the higher range of infinite goodness. The emphatic purpose of Christian Science is the healing of sin."

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