In a religious question-and-answer column in your issue...


In a religious question-and-answer column in your issue of December 15, an alleged Christian Scientist purports to seek counsel regarding the application of his own religion from a minister who probably is not in sympathy with that religion—a rather unusual occurrence. The questioner claims in substance that he had studied and received comfort from Christian Science for a number of years; that recently he had been attacked by appendicitis; that a Christian Science practitioner had failed to heal him; that then he had submitted to a surgical operation. He complains that his faith has been lessened; that he feels correspondingly wretched; that he is without foundation. Finally, he asks the clergyman what one can do in such circumstances.

Manifestly, it is unnecessary to analyze the motive that would impel a genuine Christian Scientist to announce the failure of his religion in a public forum conducted by a clergyman clearly not in sympathy with the teachings of that religion. Without questioning the seeker's sincerity, or passing judgment upon the method employed to disparage Christian Science healing, nevertheless the fact remains that the impression has been given to your readers that Christian Science cannot be trusted to heal appendicitis. As this impression has been given to your readers on the testimony of one whose status as a Christian Scientist seems a little obscure, may I, as an authorized representative of the Christian Science church, make the following statement: No one can attend the Wednesday evening meetings in the Christian Science church for any considerable length of time without hearing testimonies by persons who have been healed through Christian Science of both acute and chronic appendicitis. In addition to these oral testimonies, seldom if ever a year passes that testimonies of the healing of various forms of appendicitis through Christian Science do not appear in the Christian Science periodicals. Any seeker for facts can verify this statement by attending the Wednesday evening meetings of Christian Science churches or by reading the Christian Science periodicals, the Christian Science Sentinel and The Christian Science Journal.

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