In reply to "Watchman," writing in a recent issue of...

Malvern Gazette

In reply to "Watchman," writing in a recent issue of your paper, let me say that Christian Science teaches that God is Love, Life, Truth, divine Mind. Our critic is wrong in his declaration that "Scripture in all its parts upholds the presentation of Jehovah as God." In the first chapter of Genesis, God is Elohim. In the Gospel of John, God is Spirit. In the epistle of John, God is Love. In the twenty-sixth verse of the first chapter of Genesis it is written, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ... in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." This is a clear indication that God is the Father-Mother of the universe; and is the reason why the word "God" is in the plural. The unrealiable nature of "Watchman's" letter may be gathered from the fact that he quotes from a book called "The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy" by Georgine Milmine, a book which does not state the truth about Mrs. Eddy, but was compiled by her enemies. For the benefit of your readers, may I give a fact with regard to this book. Before it was issued, it came to the attention of an official of the Christian Science movement that it was intended to include in the book a portrait purporting to be of Mrs. Eddy, but which was really the likeness of a certain Mrs. Chevaillier. The mistake was at once pointed out to those responsible for the Milmine book, but in spite of it the picture of Mrs. Chevaillier was published as a likeness of Mrs. Eddy! The offer of the same official also to verify statements and help in obtaining the real facts was ignored.

In 1906, while agents for McClure's Magazine were collecting the material for the articles against Mrs. Eddy, which were afterwards published in book form under the authorship of Georgine Milmine, the editor of the Concord Patriot made the following comment: "The men who came to Concord did not have for their purpose the ascertainment of facts; they did not want the truth as known to Concord people, but ardently desired to have preconceived notions affirmed and slanderous insinuations and statements endorsed. A citizen of Concord, a trusted and honored official, said to one of McClure's representatives after some questions had been asked and answered, and the bent of the interviewer's mind had been made apparent, 'There is little to gain by continuing this conversation; you are not after what I know; you desire that I should approve your guesses. It is clear to me that your purpose is to write Mrs. Eddy down regardless of what her neighbors and those who know her best may say.' "

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