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A reasonable basis for belief in any theory is now...

From the September 1904 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A REASONABLE basis for belief in any theory is now generally demanded, and the mere fact that certain opinions have been held by the majority for a certain period no longer warrants their perpetuation in the light of clearer views.

Although Christian Scientists were advised by their Leader to submit to vaccination until popular opinion became sufficiently enlightened to demand its abolition, they rejoice to see unmistakable signs of changed thought on this subject, and this is being freely expressed by many who have not accepted Christian Science. The following excerpt from a clergyman's letter of protest which appeared recently in a widely circulated newspaper, will be read with interest by many. He says,—

"The foundation is wrong. It is in violent opposition to the divinely established order of nature, the effect of which in every living organism is always to expel an invading evil, never to engraft one to promote perfection. It is, do evil that good may come; create a disease to prevent a disease; a minor, which may be followed by life-long sufferings or a speedy and untimely death, to prevent a major, which might never occur and would never occur if the laws of health were faithfully obeyed. It is violently opposed to all the known laws of growth and progress. It teaches that an evil tree will bring forth good fruit, and that will come just as soon, and no sooner, than one can take putrid, festering matter from a vaccine sore and by the practice of vaccination engraft it on the human frame and reap health thereby. The catalogue of mistakes cannot be continued here for want of space."

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