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.

In the second place, while you are good enough to state (referring to testimonies) that views on Christian Science are now listened to with considerable respect, you also state that the establishment of a close connection between diseases of the mind and the body has done much to influence this respect. On the contrary, the fact is that it is the healing and teaching of Christian Science which have caused the establishment of that close connection in the minds of leaders of thought along material lines, and not that Christian Science, being found to be in line with an established fact, is therefore entitled to respect. The connection between the diseases of the human mind and body is a small part of the teaching of Christian Science, but standing alone, this fact has no vital operation, except perhaps to cause Christian Science to appear rational to most thinking persons. The divine Mind, God, in whom "we live, and move, and have our being," is the healer in all the ministry of Christian Science.

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The Entire Gospel
March 13, 1915

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