One of your correspondents makes a disrespectful and...

Louisville Times

One of your correspondents makes a disrespectful and scurrilous reference to Mary Baker Eddy in a recent issue of your publication; and in order that your readers may be correctly informed, I should be pleased to be granted the courtesy of your columns for the following statements: Mary Baker Eddy is correctly known as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. She is the author of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which is used by students of Christian Science in their study of the Bible. The Christian Science Journal, a monthly publication, was established by Mrs. Eddy, and for some time she was the editor of this periodical. Later, the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly publication, and The Christian Science Monitor, an international daily newspaper, were established by her. Mrs. Eddy also organized The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, which now has more than two thousand two hundred and fifty branch churches and societies throughout the world.

As its name indicates, the religion founded by Mrs. Eddy—Christian Science—is the Science of Christianity. It is based on the words and works of Christ Jesus, who enjoined his followers to "preach the kingdom of God," and to "heal the sick." Christian Scientists are again demonstrating the practicability of divine healing, which was taught and practiced by the master Christian. The absolute truth of being is presented by Christian Science, and any benefits derived from its teaching are the result of an awakened and enlightened spiritual understanding of God, and of man's relationship to Him.

Faithful adherents of Christian Science heed the counsel which Mrs. Eddy has given on page 444 of Science and Health in the following words: "Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions."

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