My attention has been attracted by a news item in the...

Boston Daily Advertiser

My attention has been attracted by a news item in the Advertiser which reported the proceedings of the international Sunday school convention at Chicago. It seems that a question arose about modifying the attitude of reserve or disapproval which the churches represented in the convention have for many years maintained toward other churches. Upon this question a delegate from Missouri is reported as saying that "the Christian Science churches are clamoring for recognition, and other sects will follow."

The gentleman from Missouri cannot be well informed, unless he means that the facts concerning Christian Science call loudly for recognition. In one of her Messages to The Mother Church (1902, p. 2), Mrs. Eddy said: "To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine Love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart,—this is the sanity and perfection of living, and my human ideal." This is also the ideal of The Church of Christ, Scientist; and its members, while trying to keep on the best of terms with all other religionists, have never sought formal or official recognition in any quarter.

As we view it, the only recognition to be desired is a just acknowledgment of the good that Christian Science has done and is doing. But this is a matter of individual information and experience; it cannot either be much hindered or much advanced by the proceedings of conventions.

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