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Kindly grant me space to reply to the references to Christian Science and Christian Scientists in your issue of July 20. The editorial in that issue says that Christian Science, "working without regard to science in the real sense of the word, effects many cures." Christian Science is the Science of divine Mind. It is scientific Christianity, the Science with which Jesus annulled all manner of inharmonious conditions. With this Science he proved that the storm could be stilled; that the sick could be healed; that the multitude could be fed (in spite of what seemed to be a limited supply); and that the dead could be raised. Christian Science is doing these works to-day. It is "real" Science,—hence its ability to "effect cures." In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (pp. 123, 124), there is this statement: "Christian Science differs from material science, but not on that account is it less scientific. On the contrary, Christian Science is pre-eminently scientific, being based on Truth, the Principle of all science."

It is true that doctors send cases to Christian Science practitioners. This tendency is increasing, because the physicians are desirous of seeing the cases healed. But the cases are not limited to "nervous, pessimistic" persons. Christian Science has healed many diseased conditions that have not yielded to other methods of treatment; and the healing has been accomplished without any "faith whatever in the usual claims of Christian Science."

It is not necessary to have "faith" in Christian Science in order to be healed. As a matter of fact, numbers of persons who knew nothing of Christian Science before they began to have treatment have been cured. It is rather difficult to have faith in that with which we are unacquainted, and of which we may be skeptical,—and this is often the case when people seek this remedy. Because they have been told so many erroneous things regarding Christian Science, they sometimes come to it with fear and trembling,—and sometimes as a last resort. Frequently they are healed, even though they may have been pronounced incurable prior to their coming to Christian Science.

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