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From the January 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Critics of Christian Science have sometimes taken exception to the use of the term Science in this connection, on the ground that the adherents of this system refuse to submit its practical operations in the healing of disease to the test of clinical observation and experimentation, conducted in accordance with the requirements of the so-called "laboratory method" of research. That the great bulk of human learning has ever been uncertain and transient will be admitted by every student of the history of thought, for not only have standards of scholarship and criteria of knowledge undergone constant modification, but at intervals they have suffered the most radical and revolutionary departures.