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Wanganui Herald

In order that your readers may be rightly informed on the subject, will you grant me space for some corrections of statements appearing in an article in a recent issue of the Herald? It is probable that the book under review is merely an item in the widespread propaganda which seeks to discredit all systems of healing other than that of one particular school of medicine, but this does not excuse its inaccuracies. It should be remembered that few people turn to Christian Science for help until they have failed to find healing from the so-called orthodox treatment.

Relative to specific charges made in the article, it is true that Mrs. Eddy was attended only by Christian Scientists when she passed on at the age of eighty-nine years. In compliance with the law of the state, however, a medical man was called in later merely to certify as to the cause of death, and he described his visit as a "perfunctory duty."

Mrs. Eddy's writings on spiritualism show the fallacy of the claim made that she was ever a spiritualist; not has Christian Science anything in common with spiritualism. Christian Scientists use for daily study and at all their church services the King James Version of the Bible. The textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, is used in conjunction with the Bible as a "key" to the Scriptures, or a commentary explaining its spiritual lessons and their application to every condition of human experience. Mrs. Eddy's fortune and the income of the church she founded are not secret matters. The former was made legitimately, and the latter is required to carry on the huge activities of the church and its welfare and relief work. It is worth noting that the money used by the church is derived from straightout giving on the part of its members, and that appeals for church funds are not made to those outside their own organization. Anyone desiring authentic information as to Mrs. Eddy's life and work, or of Christian Science, can easily obtain such from Sibyl Wilbur's "The Life of Mary Baker Eddy" and from authorized Christian Science literature, which are obtainable in many public libraries, and at the Christian Science Reading Rooms in connection with the churches.

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September 3, 1927

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