The assertion of a New York clergyman, which the Eagle...

Berkshire County Eagle

The assertion of a New York clergyman, which the Eagle has reported, that Mrs. Eddy did not know what was in the Bible, had no other basis than the fact that she used the Bible, but not the books called the Apocrypha. He said, "Whatever Key to the Scriptures she wrote really is not to the complete Scriptures, but to the American Bible Society Scriptures." In other words, he denounced the Bible as it is commonly known, because it does not include the books of the Apocrypha, of which Webster's New International Dictionary says: "As they are not part of the Hebrew Bible, Protestants reject them as inspired sources of doctrine or as reliable history." In short, this gentleman found in the Apocrypha certain passages favorable to physicians, and used them as an argument against Christian Science.

With reference to this sermon the New York Telegram made the editorial comment that this clergyman "would do better, if he wishes to carry on an argument, to confine himself to the Scripture. His whole argument against Christian Science is based on what anonymous writers had to say in that collection known as the Apocrypha. Christian Science, as set forth by Mrs. Eddy, is based on the Bible."

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