The sermon of the clergyman recently reported in the...

Newark (N. J.) News

The sermon of the clergyman recently reported in the News on "Christian Science Wrongly So Called," displays such a fund of knowledge of things that are not so about Christian Science, that a correction is in order. Apparently our brother gleaned his information from critics of the movement, so it is not be wondered at that he should fail to deal with actual Christian Science, or that he should aim his shafts of ridicule at a veritable man of straw.

To say that "Christian Science is not Christian because it denies the existence of a personal God," is in the first place an outright misrepresentation of Christian Science teaching. On page 116 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy clearly states: "If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person,—in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense." And again on page 331 of the same work Mrs. Eddy writes: "Life, Truth, and Love constitute the tribune Person called God." How Deity can be less than infinite is inconceivable.

In the second place, this remarkable statement of our critic is open to objection in that it declares for a personal or corporeal God, in direct contradiction of the teaching of Christ Jesus. Standing at the well of Jacob, Jesus declared, "God is a Spirit," to be worshiped "in spirit and in truth." If Christianity rests upon a personal God, as our critic holds, then Jesus would have declared to the woman of Samaria: God is a person, and they that worship him must worship him in person and in truth. "God is Spirit," Mrs. Eddy writes on page 117 of the Christian Science text-book; "therefore the language of Spirit must be, and is, spiritual," a statement in exact accord with that of the Master, and therefore Christian in phrase and essence.

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