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Radclife (England) Times

I would like to state that the object of my letter in answer to Doctor—'s criticism of Christian Science was to insist upon the fact that Christian Science is a religion which has a spiritual message for mankind. It seems a pity that because in obedience to the commands of our Master it also includes physical healing within its faith, it should be spoken of as rather mean and selfish. It is true that physical healing is the element of Christian Science which has most largely arrested the attention of the world; nevertheless that does not make it less true that the primary object of Christian Science is not to heal, but to take away the sins of the world.

The physical healing is a sign or proof of spiritual understanding, as I stated, but from this it does not follow that it should be the primary aim of Christian Science to "produce those signs and proofs, and when they are produced the work of Christian Science is over." That might be so if the physical healing were a sign of complete spiritual perfection; but no one, I think, has ever urged that it is. Moreover, many Christian Scientists have not stood in need of physical healing, but have been attracted to this religion by its spiritual power and beauty.

August 21, 1915

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