Our Advance Guard

Do we as Christian Scientists fully appreciate what a tremendous asset The Christian Science Monitor is to our movement? Do we realize that our great international daily newspaper is, indeed, the advance guard of Christian Science, and a missionary that is gaining admittance to many of the strongholds of mortal belief, there to accomplish its leavening work?

One could not doubt this leavening power had he witnessed the cordial reception of the Monitor in several army camps during the recent war and, later, in the circulation of it among officials of the United States government and the foreign embassies. One fact stands out preeminently: nowadays, almost everywhere the Monitor is respectfully, and nearly always eagerly, received. Many of our boys in army contonments during the war gained their first knowledge of Christian Science by reading the Monitor. When one considers that thousands carried back with them into civilian life an entirely new concept of Christian Science as a result of having become familiar with the Monitor while in the service, it can readily be understood that the world owes an incalculable debt to our great daily newspaper. Government officials frequently state that they depend on the Monitor for much of their information about foreign affairs, and that they also value the editorials and the various special departments.

We need constantly to remember that The Christian Science Monitor is a newspaper, and that it was never intended to displace the more strictly denominational publications of the Christian Science movement. Those who fail to realize the importance of the Monitor fail to understand fully that Mary Baker Eddy was a divinely inspired messenger to this age, and not merely a human Leader. The Monitor is as truly a part of Mrs. Eddy's demonstration as are The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, and the other periodicals which she founded.

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Our Father-Mother God
May 15, 1926

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