In a letter on the subject of Christian Science a correspondent...

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In a letter on the subject of Christian Science a correspondent asks, "What is divine Principle?" The Standard dictionary defines "principle" as a "moving cause, force, or power by which being manifests itself." Moses called God the "I AM THAT I AM;" in other words, "I am all that is." Mrs. Eddy confines the application of the term "Principle" (spelled with a capital P) exclusively to God, Spirit. Mrs. Eddy has applied her teaching on this subject to the healing of sin and sickness, in a manner to be found elsewhere only in the Bible. Regarding the other questions raised in the above-mentioned letter, such as nature worship, mental vibrations, occultism, and the like, I can only repeat that Christian Science is not in the least concerned with such teachings. It rejects them entirely. The universal religion conceived of by your correspondent would certainly be a welter of conflict, destitute of any common cause to bind mankind together.

A clergyman argues that Christian Science is unchristian. His method is not satisfying; the doctrines to which he attaches such importance are not really fundamental, whilst his conclusions do not get to the root of things. People are crying out for healing from their woes. Christian Science offers them life and love, health and happiness. A more correct and careful study of the Scriptures during the last few generations has practically abolished the hell of the Middle Ages. Mrs. Eddy says on page 291 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" that "the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly;" and most of us are constantly being reminded of the fact. Christian Science teaches us how to avoid the faults and failings which bring the judgment day with them.

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February 11, 1928

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