In your recent issue an illustrious citizen, in answering...


In your recent issue an illustrious citizen, in answering an inquirer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, quite misses the mark. The gist of the requested information was this: "Kindly advise me why Christian churches do not take up Christian healing as do the Christian Science churches?" and the answer was in part, "Christian Science advertises its cures for physical ailments." Doubtless the "advertising" referred to is the testimonies given by the thousands assembled at the Wednesday evening meetings in Christian Science churches, which tell not only of physical healings but of lives regenerated and thought purified.

Our critic continues: "The successes impress onlookers; the failures are not published." The second clause of this sentence is inaccurate: the unsuccessful cases are rare enough to be considered news. Unlike the failures in medical practice, those which may occur under this purely spiritual form of treatment are often widely heralded in the press, even though not infrequently many other systems of healing had been tried before Christian Science was called for. The healings performed, he attributes to "an esoteric creed." There is nothing in the teachings and practice of Christian Science that could be so described. There is nothing secret or mysterious about this religion; nor has it anything in common with occultism. It has no creed or healing formula. Little children learn and understand it, and respond more quickly as a rule to the healing touch of Truth than do adults. Mrs. Eddy says, "In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only text-book" (Science and Health, p. 110); and: "I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles, of the prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. Other foundations there are none" (ibid., p. 269). The Bible has become an open book to thousands through the study of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which, with the Bible, is read from every Christian Science pulpit.

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