The test of science is demonstration

State Journal

The test of science is demonstration. Christian Scientists are grateful for the reverend doctor's honest admission, in a recent issue of your esteemed paper, that most of the truth Mrs. Eddy rightly emphasized properly belongs to Christianity. Thus reassured, no inquirer need hesitate to study at first hand the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and apply its teachings to the solution of some specific problem of sin, sickness, sorrow, or want in his own individual experience. Healings thus accomplished have brought comfort to thousands who have been only too happy to realize that it is entirely practical to deny, that is, to overcome or exclude, what your correspondent terms the most obvious realities of human experience. It is misleading to refer an inquirer seeking information about Christian Science to a critical publication, written by one who had studied the subject from the standpoint, not of demonstration, but of criticism.

Because Christian Science is based upon and fulfills the teachings of Jesus the Christ, it does not depend for its permanency on conformity with the variable viewpoints of human philosophies and doctrines. Christian Scientists are better Christians, better physically and morally, because of their ability to demonstrate this Science. No religionist can test his beliefs by any higher standard of efficiency. The world is beginning to catch glimpses of the great truth contained in Mrs. Eddy's statement (Science and Health, p. 495): "God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God. Truth casts out error now as surely as it did nineteen centuries ago."

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Pacific Coast Sanatorium
May 26, 1928

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