Reports of an evangelist's sermons, appearing in recent...

Waterloo Evening Courier

Reports of an evangelist's sermons, appearing in recent issues of the Evening Courier, conveyed wrong impressions concerning Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science, which she discovered and founded; and space for a brief correction is respectfully requested. The speaker's inference that Christian Scientists would do away with preventive medicine and vaccination against contagious diseases might lead one to believe them guilty of wishing to compel the general acceptance of their healing method and the rejection of other systems by all alike. Such is decidedly the direct opposite of the attitude of Christian Science and adherents of that teaching. Freedom to rely upon the healing method of their choice is all that Christian Scientists have ever asked, and in all circumstances they as readily grant this same inalienable right to others.

A seeming dislike for a religion founded by a woman led our critic to refer to Mrs. Eddy as a divorced woman, with evident expectation that this would at once be accepted as indicative of some misconduct on her part, and so discount the full value of her life-work. But strange as it may seem to the champion of men as the only reliable leaders in things religious, the fact remains that infidelity to marriage vows on the part of a man who had assumed the role of husband to Mrs. Eddy, caused that Christian woman to secure legal divorce. A complete and authentic story of Mrs. Eddy's divorce. has been written by Sibyl Wilber and may be read in any Christian Science Reading Room and in most public libraries. There is also her own autobiography, "Retropection and introspection."

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