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Watertown Daily Times

I shall be grateful for the privilege of commenting upon and correcting certain statement regarding Christian Science contained in a report of an address by a clergyman, appearing in a recent issue of your paper. The implication that "self-resistance" or "repression" enters into Christian Science practice to the exclusion of spontaneity of expression is entirely erroneous. As a matter of fact, there is nothing on which greater emphasis is placed in the teachings of Christian Science than necessity for the spontaneous expression of all Godlike qualities, including freedom, health, and happiness, which constitute the real selfhood of man as the image and likeness of God.

In explaining the Christian Science viewpoint as to the activity of man and his relation to God, Mrs. Eddy has stated the case most clearly in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 481): "Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God's being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss. 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.' Like the archpriests of yore, man is free 'to enter into the holiest,'—the realm of God." It will be seen, therefore, that apathy and inactivity are not chargeable to Christian Science, but rather to the lack of it. Furthermore, in considering the power of Mind, as taught in Christian Science, it should be remembered that matter is never regarded as real and substantive, but always as unreal and temporal. Referring to this, Mrs. Eddy states on page 480 of the Christian Science textbook, "When the substance of Spirit appears in Christian Science, the nothingness of matter is recognized."

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