In an article in the sports section of the Oregonian,...


In an article in the sports section of the Oregonian, a writer comments that "golfers have their pet superstitions just the same as all other athlets;" and among the accompanying illustrations is a cartoon of a golfer beside which appears the statement: "Chic Evans carries a Christian Science Bible and a four-leaf clover in his bag." From this your readers are likely to infer that there is such a thing as a Christian Science Bible, and that the carrying of such a book is akin to the superstition with which some people regard a four-leaf clover. Permit me, please, to correct that.

Christian Scientists have no book which can be correctly classed as a Christian Science Bible, nor is Christian Science in any wise to be associated with superstition. Christian Scientists use the Bible that is so universally used by other denominations, namely, the king James Authorized Version. If the writer was thinking of the Christian Science textbook, I will explain that "Science and Heatlh with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy is not a Bible; nor is it considered by her followers as a substitute for the Bible, being more in the nature of a commentary on the Bible. The system of doctrines and precepts taught by Jesus the Christ—namely, Christianity—includes no superstitious element, and Mrs. Eddy made the discovery that the teachings of Jesus had a spiritually scientific basis, and hence are capable of being humanly demonstrated whenever, and wherever, understood and practiced. The influence of Christian Science is therefore all in the direction of dispelling the darkness of ignorance and superstition with the light of spiritual understanding. If superstitious belief should be attached to the mere possession of the Christian Science textbook, it would be altogether contrary to its teachings.

The possession of spiritual understanding, such as comes to one who studies and faithfully practices Christian Science, is a real protection against evil. In the light of such understanding the promises contained in the familiar ninety-first psalm and similar protective promises found throughout the Old and New Testaments become practical, to be fulfilled in everyday human experience.

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