The Gospel of Mark records that John, seeing someone...

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The Gospel of Mark records that John, seeing someone casting out devils in Christ Jesus' name, forbade him to do so, because "he followeth not us." Jesus said, "Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me."

Your correspondent, who writes in a depreciatory manner of another denomination—Christian Science—is not following the Master's advice just quoted. If he should reply that Christian Science is not performing what are termed miracles in Christ Jesus' name, then he is uninformed or misinformed, and therefore not a safe guide to your readers in this matter. The fact that he quotes from the writing of one who is an avowed opponent of Christian Science throws discredit upon his attitude.

If someone claimed to set forth the doctrines of the church he represents and relied upon the writings of those opposed to it for information, your correspondent would probably strongly object. The truth about Christian Science cannot be gained by reading the writings of its opponents, nor is a perfunctory reading of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," adequate preparation for writing a disquisition on Christian Science, for it is a demonstrable religion; and no one who has not measurably demonstrated or proved its teachings is qualified to expound them.

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November 14, 1936

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