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May 14, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1294-1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490650032014

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In these days when literature, or at any rate fiction, is utilized as a propaganda for all varieties of art, science, politics and religion, and when the "Christian Science story" is recognized by publishers as appealing to a definite and presumably large constituency, it is encouraging to find that the spread of Mrs. Eddy's vagaries sometimes meets with a hearty rebuff in non-professional quarters. The Atlantic Monthly for April contains an analysis of Eddyism, which deserves to be widely read for its literary quality, as well as for its combination of clear exposition and pitiless logic. In the opinion of the author of this article, Eddyism not only "defies the canons of history," but may be shown in addition "to be specious philosophy, superficial science and a caricature on Christianity." The author then proceeds to enlarge on these four counts, and, while studiously preserving a judicial and discriminating attitude, mercilessly

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