May we have space to correct some misapprehensions...

St. Vincent New Era

May we have space to correct some misapprehensions which may possibly have arisen in the thoughts of your readers and the citizens of your community with regard to Christian Science, by reason of the short notice which appeared in your valued paper recently. The sources of information quoted by a clergyman are, of course, not authentic. One would hardly go to the avowed enemies of any system for correct information as to that system. Christian Science is founded upon the teachings of Christ Jesus, the Way-shower and Saviour of mankind; and it is willing to abide by the Biblical standard, "By their fruits ye shall know them." Even a casual perusal of its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, will bear this out. On page 126 of this book Mrs. Eddy says: "I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

Christian Scientists do not force their doctrines upon any one; neither do they enter into any controversy with their fellow-religionists. It is to be deplored that a Christian minister should feel it within the compass of his office and in keeping with his conception of Christian ideals to make unfavorable comment upon any acknowledged benefactor of mankind. The following statement appeared in a recent issue of a Buffalo, New York, paper: "Mrs. Eddy has given a faith to the world which has been more useful to suffering humanity and given more significance to the Christian religion of recent years than any other single agency."

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