Extracts from Letters

A writer sends these words, after a vivid description of one of the most terrific battles on the western front in France: "One never knows how near he is to God or how near God is to him until he goes through or experiences what I have just experienced in this battle. You certainly know what God's love and care is if you never before knew it in your life, for you have come face to face with Him. Only my slight knowledge of Christian Science enables me to know that God's love protects me through all this."

"The war has presented to many Christian Scientists of German birth or parentage a seemingly difficult problem. The inborn love of fatherland, so peculiarly characteristic of the German people, producing its instant sympathy for everything German, has presented a strong temptation either to forget Principle or to attempt the impossible; that is, to make Principle conform to human opinion and impulses. ... The writer's father was a Hungarian and his mother a German. His childhood was permeated with the ideals of Germany, which left their impression of great admiration and love for all which was supposed to belong to that nation. When war was declared, however, his understanding of Truth asserted itself, and an analysis of events according to Christian Science compelled his allegiance to the Allied cause as based upon Principle. When our own country was forced into the conflict, the President's declaration of the fundamental issues involved confirmed the writer's previous conclusion.

Leader and Leadership
January 11, 1919

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