I have read with interest in the last issue of the Herald...

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I have read with interest in the last issue of the Herald the report of a sermon on "Divine Healing" delivered in St. James church recently. We are very pleased that the minister has distinguished between faith healing, Coueism, and divine healing, and we heartily agree with him that there are distinctions. The report of the sermon, however, may have given an erroneous impression to your readers on the subject of Christian Science, also included among those systems of healing which, in the reverend gentleman's opinion, are not both Christian and scientific. For this reason, I feel sure you will allow me the courtesy of your columns for a correction.

Christian Science includes faith, but it is the faith of enlightened understanding, based on a scientific, demonstrable knowledge of God, divine Mind. Its teachings place no reliance on the carnal mind, which is "enmity against God," as Paul warns us, but enjoin obedience to the Apostle's injunction, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Christian Scientists accept as one of their religious tenets the following, from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 497): "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." In their unequivocal adherence to the command of Christ Jesus, "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils," students of Christian Science have proved "by their works"—thousands upon thousands of well-authenticated cases of healing of sickness and reformation of the sinner—that the healing which Jesus taught and practiced and that wrought through Christian Science are one and the same.

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