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From the May 1926 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Comparing the methods of preaching the gospel and healing the sick generally in vogue during the last seventeen centuries with those put into practice by the Galilean Prophet in the early days of the Christian era, in many respects we find little similarity, and in most respects a very wide divergence. For upwards of three hundred years after Jesus' advent spiritual healing was accomplished by his followers; and until the church became allied with the state, coming directly under the control of political interests, healing the sick, as well as preaching the gospel, was recognized as a religious obligation.