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Evening Ledger and Star-Telegram

A recent issue of your paper contains an account of an interview with a minister in which he is quoted as saying that Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, denied the "blood of Christ," the "atonement." Nowhere in Mrs. Eddy's writings is there to be found a statement which could warrent the minister in making this false accusation against Christian Science, although the teaching of Christian Science concerning the "blood of Christ" and the "atonement"may differ greatly from the minister's views. However, this does not furnish a reasonable excuse for his erroneous statement. There is an entire chapter in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, entitled "Atonement and Eucharist;" and if there is one thing more than another that the Christian church should be grateful for to Christian Science, it is that it has shown the way out of the difficulties concerning atonement. The atonement reconciles us to God, brings us into at-one-ment with the Father. Mrs. Eddy's definition of atonement is so clear, concise, and understandable, that the New Standard Dictionary has given her definition as it appears on page 18 of the Christian Science textbook, namely, "Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love."

Concerning the "blood of Christ," Christian Science teaches that the sacrifice of our blessed Lord was immeasurably greater than the shedding of his human blood. The crucifixion was the culmination of his life-work of compassion and love for mankind. How sad to think that this sacrificial offering for humanity's sake has been warped into a doctrinal platform, instead of being recognized as the supreme gift of tender and compassionate love for humanity! In one of her writings, "No and Yes" (pp. 33, 35), Mrs. Eddy says, "The sacrifice of our blessed Lord is undeniable, and it was a million times greater than the brief agony of the cross; for that would have been insufficient to insure the glory his sacrifice brought and the good it wrought...This blood of Jesus is everything to human hope and faith. Without it, how poor the precedents of Christianity!" Christian Science does acknowledge the "blood of Christ," and the efficacy of the atonement; and it is through spiritual discernment of these that Christian Science is bringing to humanity a fuller, clearer apprehension of the ever present healing Christ, which comforts the sorrowing, reforms the sinner, and heals the sick.

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