A recent issue of your paper contains an extract of a...

Morning Sentinel,

A recent issue of your paper contains an extract of a sermon by a minister in which he states that Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, called herself the "feminine Christ." There is absolutely no excuse for either this minister, or any one else making such a false statment concerning Mrs. Eddy. The Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and the other writings of Mrs. Eddy, are in practically every public library; therefore no one should attribute to her such an erroneous accusation, for her books contain no such statement.

Christian Science teaches that the words "Jesus" and "Christ," while commonly used as synonymous terms, are not identical. Jesus was our Lord's proper name, just as Peter, James, and John were the proper names of three of his disciples; while the word "Christ" is not, strictly speaking, a proper name, but a divine official title. "Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature" (Science and Health, p. 333), which nature Christ Jesus possessed without measure. Thus it was that Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and others saw the Christ, or divine manifestation of God, centuries before the advent of Jesus, who was the fullest manifestation of the Christ to humanity. It was this eternal, spiritual unity with God which enabled Jesus to say: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." Instead of Mrs. Eddy's claiming that she was the "feminine Christ," she has written in her book entitled "Pulpit and Press" (pp. 74, 75), "There was, is, and never can be but one God, one Christ, one Jesus of Nazareth."

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