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THE NEW WOMAN AND THE NEW CHURCH
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THE NEW WOMAN AND THE NEW CHURCH



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   The dedication, in Boston, of a Christian Science temple
costing over two hundred thousand dollars, and for which
the money was all paid in so that no debt had to be taken
care of on dedication day, is a notable event.  While we
are not, and never have been, devotees of Christian Science,
it becomes us as students of public questions not to ignore
a movement which, starting fifteen years ago, has already
gained to itself adherents in every part of the civilized
world, for it is a significant fact that one cannot take up
a daily paper in town or village - to say nothing of cities -
without seeing notices of Christian Science meetings, and
in most instances they are held at "headquarters."
   We believe there are two reasons for this remarkable
development, which has shown a vitality so unexpected.
The first is that a revolt was inevitable from the crass
materialism of the cruder science that had taken possession
of men's minds, for as a wicked but witty writer has
said, "If there were no God, we should be obliged to invent
one."  There is something in the constitution of
man that requires the religious sentiment as much as his
lungs call for breath; indeed, the breath of his soul is a
belief in God.
   But when Christian Science arose, the thought of the
world's scientific leaders had become materialistically
"lopsided," and this condition can never long continue.

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There must be a righting-up of the mind as surely as of a
ship when under stress of storm it is ready to capsize.  The
pendulum that has swung to one extreme will surely find
the other.  The religious sentiment in women is so strong
that the revolt was headed by them; this was inevitable
in the nature of the case.  It began in the most intellectual
city of the freest country in the world - that is to say,
it sought the line of least resistance.  Boston is emphatically
the women's paradise, - numerically, socially, indeed
every way.  Here they have the largest individuality,
the most recognition, the widest outlook.  Mrs. Eddy we
have never seen; her book has many a time been sent
us by interested friends, and out of respect to them we
have fairly broken our mental teeth over its granitic
pebbles.  That we could not understand it might be rather
to the credit of the book than otherwise.  On this subject
we have no opinion to pronounce, but simply state the
fact.
   We do not, therefore, speak of the system it sets forth,
either to praise or blame, but this much is true:  the spirit
of Christian Science ideas has caused an army of well-meaning
people to believe in God and the power of faith, who
did not believe in them before.  It has made a myriad of
women more thoughtful and devout; it has brought a
hopeful spirit into the homes of unnumbered invalids.
The belief that "thoughts are things," that the invisible
is the only real world, that we are here to be trained into
harmony with the laws of God, and that what we are here
determines where we shall be hereafter - all these ideas
are Christian.

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   The chimes on the Christian Science temple in Boston
played "All hail the power of Jesus' name," on the morning
of the dedication.  We did not attend, but we learn
that the name of Christ is nowhere spoken with more
reverence than it was during those services, and that he
is set forth as the power of God for righteousness and the
express image of God for love.



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