In a recent issue there appears a front page article purporting...

Manila Daily Bulletin

In a recent issue there appears a front page article purporting to be an official opinion of the Board of Medical Examiners of the Philippines, to the effect that the practice of Christian Science is a violation of the laws of the Philippine Islands. I desire to take decided exception to this opinion. I assume the Board of Medical Examiners have based their opinion on Chapter 31 of the Administrative Code of the Philippine Islands, as amended by Act 3111; and if I am correct in this, it is desired to point out that these laws do not make the practice of Christian Science illegal. Those now practicing Christian Science in the Philippines are not doing so in violation of the law. In the article under reply it is inferred that Christian Science is synonymous with "spiritualism" and "faith cures." In order to correct such a misconception it is desired to state that spiritualism is "a theory contrary to Christian Science" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 71).

"Christian Scientists are not . . . faith-curists; they have faith, but they have Science, understanding, and works as well" (Message to The Mother Church for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 20, 21). "Not understanding Christian Science, the sick usually have little faith in it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows that faith is not the healer in such cases" (Science and Health, p. 394).

November 20, 1926
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