Any wise and cautious diner would probably not think of playing culinary Russian roulette in a restaurant, no matter how tony, which had been cited by the local health inspector for serving contaminated food. Even ordering a dish which hadn't been found to be tainted might not be a, shall we say, palatable decision to make. By the same token, why should the chefs or sous-chefs of a malignant dish like the Gill book on MBE be trusted to prepare or oversee the preparation of spiritual food for Christian Scientists, as, for example, Bible Lessons, ". . .on which the prosperity of Christian Science largely depends." (Manual, Article III, Sect. 1) As James 3 admonishes, no fountain can yield both salt water and fresh.
Apparently the Gill book is mephitic enough that even some otherwise subservient churches will not display it in their Reading Rooms. But to produce it for sale sub rosa from under the librarian's desk like a jug of moonshine or even to order it on request is a hypocrite's game. Those who find the Gill book obnoxious (or, more likely, deeply obnoxious) might also need to think about obedience to Article VIII, Sect 12, of the Church Manual vis-a-vis Reading Rooms.
How comfortable should any Christian Scientist worthy of the name feel when asked to subscribe to and read periodicals edited by someone who dallies in horoscopes, eriscopes, and louche moral standards? Should he patronize an editor who would permit the use of the Christian Science periodicals as a forum for cynical metaphysical makeovers, ticket punching, and preening? And how can he have any trust in a church administration which has megalomaniacally and cavalierly squandered the better part of a billion dollars in lovingly donated contributions and from under whose doors come the rancid, telltale seepings of moral and ethical degeneracy?
The moribund wheezings, gaspings, and ominous silences of unhealthy lungs are not "The freer step, the fuller breath,/The wide horizon's grander view" which betoken the salutary and uplifting activity of those who walk obediently and faithfully in the Light. One would think even a soupcon of common decency and love for Christian Science would turn at least some of the nabobs from their corrosive and self-indulgent fantasy that a lifetime handout is God's gracious reward for chronic fecklessness and smug disloyalty to their Leader and her Church.
Note: As a comment to a recent entry pointed out, the mention of Batmobiles somehow spontaneously morphed into a lively discussion of Bible Lessons. Those interested in the subject (Bible Lessons, not Batmobiles), and there appear to be quite a few, might be interested in an article from a 1974 pamphlet "Speaking to You: The Bible Lesson". The article was by Robert L. Shaul (otherwise unknown to me) and was titled "The Evolution of the Christian Science Lesson-Sermon". No source or original date was given for the article, which may have been written for the pamphlet. A 1941 leaflet titled "Divinely Inspired Sermons" should also be of interest. It was reprinted from the October 1941 Journal.
And, finally, thank you to the person who pointed out the source of Dr. Tutt"s phrase "The readiness is all".