The writer of this report misrepresented Christian Science...

Evening Dispatch

The writer of this report misrepresented Christian Science to your readers when he spoke of it as a cult. If he was guided by Webster's definition in making his choice of words, he presumably intended to convey the impression that Christian Scientists are merely a body of enthusiastic admirers of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy. While students of Christian Science love and honor Mrs. Eddy as its Discoverer and Founder, their devotion is centered in the truth the taught and not in her personality. Christian Science is a religion, founded on the teachings of the Bible, with its churches in all parts of the world, and when Mrs. Eddy established the first of these, she stated her purpose was "to organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). The order of service in Christian Science churches includes the reading of the Bible, as well as correlative passages from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mrs. Eddy.

Christian Science does not teach its adherents to disregard a single phase of human experience—not even "the last enemy," death. Quite to the contrary, it gives definite and explicit instructions as to how every adverse circumstance may be faced and mastered. These instructions can be briefly summed up in the words of Jesus: "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." This clearly implies that humanity will be freed from the terrors of sin, disease, and death in proportion as it gains a spiritual understanding of the nature of God; and it further implies that this understanding can be attained only by following in the footsteps of Jesus, and doing the works which he commended to his followers.

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