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A recent issue of your paper contained an article on Christian Science. But as the article in great part is misleading and will give your readers a wrong idea of Christian Science, I must ask space for some correcting statements. The author explains Christian Science as a philosophic tendency, and states that its Founder was a disciple of Emerson. But Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, dissociates herself from all human philosophy. She declares in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 126): "The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth." She sought and found the Science of the healings of Jesus; and thousands all over the world have, through Christian Science, been freed from sin and disease, and have seen their discordant conditions changed into harmony. When, in the article, Mrs. Eddy's character is slandered, this is based on untruthful information. Mrs. Eddy had, through her purity and her self-sacrificing life, been able to receive the revelation of the relation between God and man, and through her teaching has been able to reinstate primitive Christianity as demonstrated by Jesus, with "signs following." But throughout all her writings she maintains that no healing can be performed without goodness and righteousness and purity. In "The Life of Mary Baker Eddy" by Sibyl Wilbur is given a true description of her life, a life consecrated to unselfed labor for mankind.

It is said in the article that Christian Science does not know a personal God, and does not know prayer in the Biblical sense. To this we answer that Christian Science does not acknowledge God as a finite corporeal person, but as infinite Person. Prayer to this God reforms the sinner, heals the sick, and is a present help in all our troubles. Is not this the prayer of the Bible, the prayer which reveals the Father's care for His children? It is also said that Christian Science does not fully acknowledge the Bible. But the first of the tenets of Christian Science reads as follows (Science and Health, p. 497): "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life."

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