Not Guilty!

In law courts in democratic countries the accused or defendant is always permitted to have legal counsel. This is to provide for the legitimate presentation of all pertinent facts and to help ensure fairness in decision. The defendant relies upon his counsel to determine and state the merits of the case in an intelligent and impressive way and to procure necessary witnesses. After that the decision is made by a judge or jury.

Mary Baker Eddy, in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 430-442), presents an allegory which describes a case on trial. There the defendant is a physical sufferer, although he is not conscious of being guilty of any offense that should produce such a result.

Standard of Government
January 6, 1945

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