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Signs of the Times
[From the Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut]

 
         "What We May Learn from Christian Science," was the topic of the third in the series of addresses on what other denominations contribute to religion, delivered by the Rev. Alfred Grant Walton at the First Congregational Church. He said in part: "There are certain broad differences between Christian Science and the commonly accepted positions of evangelical churches; and in the interest of true comprehension, these differences should be understood. . . . My main purpose is to point out the helpful lessons which come to other evangelical groups from Christian Science. Here is a church that was organized less than fifty years ago and yet numbers its following in the millions. It is a church that does not have a paid ministry, although the Readers receive a modest compensation for their services. Christian Scientists do not dedicate a church until it is all paid for. They do not rely on brilliant preachers or expensive choirs to attract worshipers. They do not carry on church suppers, bazaars, or social functions of any sort in order to further their work. They have builded their church simply on the appeal of religion itself. Christian Scientists recognize the supremacy of the spiritual. Religion is of paramount importance in their lives. The average Scientist expects to attend church on Sunday just as much as he expects to eat his meals or go to rest at night. And when he is at church, he actually worships. He is not there to meet friends or hear music, . . . he is there to worship God. Christian Scientists are just as busy as the rest of us, and yet they find time to go to church once during the week also. They also find time to read Science and Health and the Bible daily. We may not accept Science and Health, nor the interpretation of the Bible which Science brings, but at least we must admit that Scientists expose themselves to their sources of spiritual help in a way that many Protestants do not. This contact with religion has brought buoyancy and freshness and vigor to many souls that have never known the power of religion before.

         "Christian Scientists have emphasized the idea that God has a meaning for the world here and now. It does not offer the rewards of a Christian life simply in the future world. It offers them here and now, and promises health, happiness, and prosperity to those who will accept its tenets. This emphasis in religion is a right one. God is transcendent of His universe, but He is also immanent, and stands ready to bless us even now, if we will serve Him. Christian Scientists have related religion to health. . . . Christianity has failed to give due emphasis to the relation of religion to health. Jesus made a great deal of it in his miracles, and we are discovering . . . the tremendous influence of mental states over bodily conditions. . . . Praise should be given where praise is due; and certainly Christian Science has brought peace and solace to many hearts, and we may well rejoice in any way by which men and women are able to find access to God."



From the Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut
Quoted in "Signs of the Times"

Christian Science Sentinel, May 22, 1926


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