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From the April 1897 issue of The Christian Science Journal

AS it is now estimated, there are four hundred thousand Christian Scientists in the United States, with the number rapidly increasing, not only in this country but in Europe, and the question is asked by many: "What are the fundamental principles upon which this system of religion is based, and what are their views or position upon the leading questions,—civil, social, political, and religious, of the day?" These questions arise from the fact that so much healing and good work is being done that it is attracting the earnest attention of all classes, independent of caste or nationality, and like all great discoveries, after passing through periods of ridicule, persecution, and denunciation, is coming into general acceptance as its utility and usefulness are recognized. Galileo was made to retract his declaration that the world was round instead of flat and four-cornered, and was led away to prison.