On question of religion it can hardly be expected that...

The Star-Mirror, Moscow

On question of religion it can hardly be expected that ministers or the so-called orthodox churches will agree with the teachings of Christian Science, but in a recent sermon on the "Value of Theosophy, Christian Science, and New Thought," a local minister has made the mistake of saying that the teachings of Berkeley and Kant are fundamentally similar to Christian Science. Now Christian Scientists accept with gratitude the good will of this minister in preaching what he understands of the fundamentals of Christian Science, but in fairness to the public and to Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, the statement quoted should be corrected.

It is quite certain that a careful study of the writings of Berkeley and Kant, together with the works of Mary Baker Eddy, will reveal to anyone that there is almost no similarity between them. Whatever else Berkeley may have written, he did write a treatise on the healing properties of tar water, and it need scarcely be said that tar water has nothing in common with the teachings of Christian Science. So also it is true that Kant is of little value in understanding God as taught in Christian Science. There is no record of anyone ever having been healed of disease or sin by reading the works of either of the two philosophers named, while there are thousands of well authenticated cases of healing of both sin and disease as a result of reading the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy.

Christian Science is founded wholly on the basis that Mind, God, is the only reality; and it is from an understanding of this fact that all cases of healing are performed. Mrs. Eddy says on page 126 of Science and Health, "I have set forth Christian Science and its application to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men; and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

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Extracts from Letters
January 11, 1919

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