In his remarks on Christian Science in Stavanger Aftenblad,...

Stavanger Aftenblad

In his remarks on Christian Science in Stavanger Aftenblad, a writer refers to a certain book as the right source for "all who have interest in the movement." If one, however, has himself studied Christian Science, it is soon clear to him that the author of the book has not sought first-hand information in this case. He has formed his opinion beforehand, and has used the "sources" which have suited him, at the same time allowing his imagination free play. Thus very few of his citations are correct, and the rest are either perverted or entirely erroneous.

The quoted opinion of Mrs. Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is characteristic. The author here freely speaks of "all the five hundred pages of Science and Health"—there are, by the way, including the chapter captioned "Fruitage," more than six hundred—as if he had personal knowledge of them, and yet he has admitted that he had not read Science and Health when he wrote the book. The author's "criticism" is here, as elsewhere, written in an amusing manner, but naturally it has little to do with the facts. It may in this connection be of interest to know that several dictionaries lately have quoted Mrs. Eddy. Thus, Funk and Wagnall's Standard Dictionary uses Mrs. Eddy's definition of "Mind," and the latest edition of Webster's Dictionary also quotes from Science and Health.

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