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From the February 1896 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Members of the popular churches often ask, Why did God create drugs if he did not intend sick people to use them? To the Christian Scientist, the answer to this question is plain and goes without saying; but since there are others who pause at this inquiry, it may be well briefly to discuss some of the suppositions involved from standpoints within the reach of those who honestly consider this to be an open question. The initial arguments of this paper will be addressed to those who revere the authority of the Scriptures and the research of Christian scholars.