In an article which appeared in your recent issue you say,...

Protestant Advocate

In an article which appeared in your recent issue you say, "Mrs. Eddy taught divine healing, her kind being unscriptural." As this statement is erroneous, I trust you will allow me to correct it. Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 169), "Within Bible pages she [Mrs. Eddy] had found all the divine Science she preaches; noticing, all along the way of her researches therein, that whenever her thoughts had wandered into the bypaths of ancient philosophies or pagan literatures, her spiritual insight had been darkened thereby, till she was God-driven back to the inspired pages." There is ample evidence of the truth of these words from cover to cover of each of Mrs. Eddy's books. The first thing that strikes the reader of them is the fact that they are obviously the outcome of thought deeply imbued with the inspired Word of the Scriptures. With understanding so enlightened, Mrs. Eddy healed inveterate diseases in their last stages, and taught her students to do likewise. As these things can be verified, what useful purpose is to be served by denying them? Farther on in your article you say: "Mrs. Eddy tells us in her works that we do not require the Bible if we have her books." But on page 497 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." To suggest, therefore, that she who taught Christian Scientists to take the inspired Word of the Bible as their guide to eternal Life, taught them at the same time that they "do not require" that Word, is surely somewhat fatuous. The fact is, readings from the Bible occupy a very prominent place at all Christian Science services, and Christian Scientists study the Scriptures daily.

Again, you say, "Mrs. Eddy made a fortune out of her 'Christian Science.' " It is undoubtedly true that Mrs. Eddy made a fortune from the profits on the sale of her books. With an ever increasing multitude becoming aware that those books contain something "more precious than rubies," it was inevitable that that should be so. Perhaps you will allow me to add that Mrs. Eddy left the great bulk of this money, in trust, for the purpose of spreading the truth she had discovered, after it had been buried beneath the dust of centuries, the truth that God heals the sick in these days, without the aid of materia medica, just as He healed them in the early days of Christianity.

December 11, 1926

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