Christian Scientists have no wish to detract from or discredit...

Worcester (Mass.) Telegram

Christian Scientists have no wish to detract from or discredit what may be done in the name of Christ by your correspondent of England, but naturally they deprecate his criticisms of Christian Science, particularly because he does not speak accurately on this subject. For instance, according to your report of what he said in Worcester, the writer spoke of Christian Science as based on the denial of the existence of matter. Christian Science does deny that matter is real, but this religion is not based on that denial or any denial. As an intelligent system of thought, its basis is and must be affirmative. Thus Mrs. Eddy has said that to understand Christian Science "you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is" (Science and Health, p. 275).

Again, your correspondent spoke of Christian Science as if it were only one of many systems that deny the reality of evil. In fact, Christian Science, as identical with original Christianity, stands alone in this regard. The general admission that evil is as real as good is one of the main reasons why Christian people, in the twentieth century of the Christian era, do not, to a greater extent, fulfill the Christian precept, "Overcome evil with good."

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