Under the heading "Latest Ed Howe Squibs," published...

News Democrat

Under the heading "Latest Ed Howe Squibs," published in a recent issue, it is to be observed that an extraordinary opinion was presented to your readers by the writer of that column. I employ the foregoing description because I am under the impression that it is most extraordinary for a newspaper columnist to express the opinion that Christian Science is "a doctrine entirely devoid of intelligence." Now, in taking exception to this uncomplimentary description of a great religion, I surmise that I am not alone in my objection. Persons of good standing in your community surely will agree that their friends and neighbors who have affiliated themselves with the Christian Science denomination do not lack intelligence because they have espoused our religion. Indeed, it is quite customary for strangers who attend Christian Science church services to remark upon the reasonableness of Christian Science sermons and the rapt attention given to them by congregations comprising representative citizens. And Christian Science does not appeal to its adherents from the standpoint of "culture," as was reported by our critic. Christian Science appeals to Christian Scientists, and to many who are not Christian Scientists, because it heals the sick and reforms the sinner on the stable foundation laid by Christ Jesus when he said to his disciples, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

January 7, 1928

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