In the published report of a sermon in your issue of recent date...

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In the published report of a sermon in your issue of recent date, I find the following statement: "Because men cannot test out God through a tube in a laboratory, they deny the immaculate conception of Christ and turn to Christian Science ... for cures for body and soul with the mere statement that the Lord of the universe was a good man only." From this it would appear that the clergyman is laboring under the false impression that Christian Science denies the virgin birth of Jesus.

Instead of denying this teaching of the Scriptures, Christian Science emphatically affirms it, as is shown in the following passage from page 332 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy: "Jesus was the son of a virgin. He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive. Mary's conception of him was spiritual, for only purity could reflect Truth and Love, which were plainly incarnate in the good and pure Christ Jesus. He expressed the highest type of divinity, which a fleshly form could express in that age." Born of a virgin in fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus was able to recognize the fatherhood of God more clearly than could any one with a less spiritual origin; and this recognition of himself as the Son of God was the secret of his healing ministry.

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