While nothing is farther from my desire than to enter...

Observer

While nothing is farther from my desire than to enter into controversy or to exchange a number of letters through your columns, I feel it only right to comment on a letter which appeared in your last issue. The writer of that letter, while not presenting any authority as to his fitness to speak in the matter, informs your readers that he is prepared to "prove" certain things in regard to Christian Science, and so, not being backed by any evidence of knowledge of the subject, we may leave that part of his letter on one side as carrying no weight whatever.

When he further "ventures to think" that I "will not consider Biblical quotations to prove the truth of any professed form of belief." I find myself somewhat at a loss as to his exact meaning. True, as he says, the "devil" can quote Scripture for his own ends; and so, it may be said, I might quote mathematics incorrectly to suit my own ends; but, surely, such a misuse of mathematics on my part would not preclude a mathematician from quoting mathematics to prove the problem on which he might happen to be working.

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