THE value of the work performed by the Committees on Publication cannot be overestimated, and our Leader's foresight and wisdom in organizing this department of our denominational activities is amply justified by the good effects brought about in practice.

The functions and purposes of the Committee are not always understood, even by Christian Scientists themselves, and frequently editors and critics fail to appreciate the purport of the Committee's mission. The Church Manual clearly explains why it was organized and what it is intended to do. Those who misjudge Christian Science by professing to believe that the activity of the Committee on Publication is "aggressive," or that his intention is to "advertise" the personnel of the Committee, or Christian Science, should know the real reason for the activity they censure. The truth is, the Christian Scientist loves his religion with a sincerity and earnestness which prompt him to be instant in its defense. Quite apart from the critic's estimate of the merits or supposed demerits of the system itself, it will probably be granted that such loyalty is praiseworthy and not blameworthy, and that church may consider itself most happy which can foster or encourage similar sentiments on the part of its rank and file.

For many years Christian Scientists labored patiently under a storm of abuse and misrepresentation, without public reply or correction. As the misunderstandings and public criticisms increased in number and virulence, it became necessary to make some response, and that this work has been done systematically and by regularly appointed members of the Christian Science Church is to its credit.

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