In reporting a review of a book entitled "Divine Law...


In reporting a review of a book entitled "Divine Law Applied or Man's Reiationship to God," the editor of your interesting and valued column, "Under the Reading Lamp," recently wrote: "Although no reference to it is made, the theories and concepts here outlined seem similar in many respects to the doctrine promulgated by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, defined as Christian Science." There is no doubt that many of the thoughts expressed in this book came to its author through his study of Mrs. Eddy's writings, although now appropriated and used by him without giving due credit to the one who originated them. The book in question does not, however, correctly state the teachings of Christian Science, and should not be so construed by your readers. Christian Science is stated correctly in the books written by Mary Baker Eddy, its Discoverer and Founder. These books only, together with the Bible, should be used for selfinstruction in Christian Science. It is not safe to accept other standards.

Regarding books less correct and therefore less profound, Mrs. Eddy has written in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 224): "We would not deny their authors a hearing, since the Scripture declares 'He that is not against us is on our part.' And we should also speak in loving terms of their efforts, but we cannot afford to recommend any literature as wholly Christian Science which is not absolutely genuine."

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