Under the caption "On Christian Science," you published...


Under the caption "On Christian Science," you published an account of a sermon given recently. It is unfortunate for the preacher that no Christian Scientist would recognize Christian Science from the description there given, nor subscribe to the illogical deductions which were offered as truth to a congregation associated with the name of the saintly John Wesley. It would be easy to fill your paper with quotations from the sayings of gifted ministers, Methodists and others, English and American, who have been noble enough to testify to the beauty of Mrs. Eddy's life. Even a humorist like Mark Twain, who ridiculed the movement, lived to say: "Christian Science is humanity's boon. She [Mrs. Eddy] has organized and made available a healing principle that for two thousand years has never been employed except as the merest kind of guesswork. She is the benefactor of the age." Not only is Christian Science practice legalized in nearly every state in the United States, but a statute has been passed by the British Parliament giving specific recognition and acknowledgment of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

The quotations cited by the preacher are inaccurate; they have been taken from discredited pamphlets and dragged from their context; they are meaningless. An authentic "Life of Mary Baker Eddy" by Sibyl Wilbur, and the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, can be borrowed from the public library or from the local Christian Science Reading Room, and your readers may judge for themselves how much reliance can be placed on the preacher's deductions. To quote from page 275 of the above-mentioned textbook: "The startingpoint of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,—that God is Love, and therefore He is divine Principle;" this statement is in strict accordance with the Bible and the teachings of Christ Jesus. Now, knowing your objections to a religious controversy, I will conclude by asking the reverend gentleman to get busy with Christian people of all denominations in the practice of the Golden Rule and share, with all, the fruit of such activity. Let him get so near to God, and understand Him so well, that he will minister healing to the sick and the sinner, and find God mightier than serums or antitoxins or man-made creeds. If in this practice he is unable to agree with some of his neighbors' viewpoints, he will, nevertheless, have gained a better understanding of the wise advice given by Gamaliel on a certain historic occasion.

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