The letter in your columns, from a local preacher who...

Longmont (Colo.) Call

The letter in your columns, from a local preacher who protested against the enforced closing of churches, is well written and highly commendable, with one exception. Exception is taken to the misstatement therein regarding Christian Science as being pantheistic monism. Christian Science, being based on the scientific and Christian fact that there is one God only, even infinite Spirit, or divine Mind, is monism pure and simple. The consistent adherence to this spiritual monistic teaching, so plainly pointed and often proved in the Bible, led Mrs. Eddy to write on page 467 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Christian Science textbook: "The first demand of this Science is, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual."

Pantheism, on the other hand, is nothing other than the theory that God, Spirit, is in His opposite, matter, which theory is denied and disproved by Christian Science in strict accord with the words of Christ Jesus, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." The Master supported his preaching with his healing, whereby he showed the impotence, the nothingness of matter and its conditions by means of, and because of, the omnipotence, the allness, of Spirit, divine Mind. Christian Science, being nothing other than the restatement of primitive Christianity, is consistent with the promise of the master Christian, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," for by means of Christian Science the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, the sinning are reformed. Such works surely are in obedience to the Master's command, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils."

The healing, harmonizing, and spiritualizing effects of Christian Science teaching and practice are streams which prove their fountainhead to be both Christian and scientific.

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