May we briefly refer to a letter in your recent issue written...


May we briefly refer to a letter in your recent issue written undoubtedly by a good conscientious Scotsman, objecting to a humorous reference given with the kindliest of intentions by a Christian Science lecturer in Massey Hall. As the lecturer's name indicates, he is possibly not far removed from being a good Scotsman like his critic, and "one on myself" has generally been considered by public speakers as fairly good form! To see the humor in our national traits and idiosyncrasies is of no small importance to the health and happiness of individuals, as well as to the industrial and political understanding and peace of nations. The gradual elimination of international boundaries and mutual tolerance and good will between peoples tend to end war and bring more quickly God's kingdom "in earth, as it is in heaven." To this consummation all Christian endeavor is directed. Individual growth, however, precedes national expression; and instances such as make necessary this communication may be expected, and treated with kindliness and understanding.

Paul foresaw the time when there shall be "neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all;" which condition, he indicated, would be brought about by "kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another."

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," admirably expresses this thought, as follows (p. 340): "One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself;' annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed."

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