My attention has been drawn to your issue of June 15,...

Herald and Express, Torquay

My attention has been drawn to your issue of June 15, in which you quote extracts from a pamphlet containing misstatements regarding Christian Science.

As regards the statement that Christian Science is "utterly unacceptable to any Christian or even to any reasonable person," may I ask whether one is to accept the ipse dixit of the writer that every one of the great number of people studying Christian Science all over the world is neither a Christian nor reasonable? Also, how can any system at one and the same time be "harmful" and yet give "a new and healthier outlook on life"? The two seem hardly compatible.

Mrs. Eddy states Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 164), "It is just to say that generally the cultured class of medical practitioners are grand men and women." This hardly smacks of "scorn." Mrs. Eddy's reply to the inquiry, "Is it right for a Scientist to treat with a doctor?" is, in part (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 88): "Mind-healing, and healing with drugs, are opposite modes of medicine. As a rule, drop one of these doctors when you employ the other." Children are under the special care of the law in this and most civilized countries; so that, if the cruelty and neglect which the writer alleges actually occurred, the evidence of it would immediately become apparent in the police courts. Adult Christian Scientists are perfectly free to select the mode of treatment which they prefer. Many of them have turned to Christian Science treatment they when materia medica failed them. If thereafter they prefer Christian Science treatment, it is obviously because they consider it more efficacious, otherwise they would naturally call in a doctor. Christian Scientists are not devoid of normal intelligence and parental affection.

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