I have read with great interest your report of the Thanksgiving...

Bolton (England) Chronicle

I have read with great interest your report of the Thanksgiving service held by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bolton, and while fully appreciating the fairness of that report, I should be glad if you would kindly afford me the opportunity of making one or two statements with regard to it, as otherwise some misconception as to the nature and operation of Christian Science is likely to arise therefrom; and I am sure that is far from your intention.

In the first place, your heading, "Bolton Faith Cures," is likely to lead those who are not better informed to think that Christian Science is allied to or perhaps is a species of faith-healing, whereas in fact Christian Science is not faith-healing and is quite distinct from it. Faith-healing assumes many phases, according as the faith implied is reposed in drugs and other human agencies or takes the form of a blind belief in God; but in none of these phases does it resemble Christian Science, which rests solely upon spiritual understanding. This spiritual understanding is the knowledge or understanding of the law of God, which is the law of life, and therefore of health.

The Entire Gospel
March 13, 1915

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