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Your recent issue contains a synopsis of a paper entitled "Christian Science—Its Claims and Fallacies," read by a clergyman at the Ruri-Decanal Conference at Redhill. It is unfortunate that he has taken most of his subject matter from the books of Dr. Paget and Miss Carta Sturge, for two more unreliable and inaccurate books on the subject it would be hard to find, as they are written from the standpoint of prejudice and misunderstanding.

The clergyman fails to show the distinction which Christian Science draws between Mind, meaning God, and always written with a capital "M," and mind, written with a small "m," meaning the carnal mind, which Paul termed "enmity against God." Therefore he is quite misleading when he says that Christian Science teaches that "mind is all, all is mind." using a small "m." Again, he fails to understand the meaning of "reality" as understood in Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy writes on page 472 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal." Again, on page 335 of the same book, "Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal." Not one of these definitions of reality can be applied to sin, disease, death, or materiality. For this reason they are declared to be unreal in Christian Science. We are grateful for the clergyman's acknowledgment that Christian Science heals the sick, and that "Christian Science had seen a great truth which Christianity had forgotten." The greatness of Mrs. Eddy's work lies in the fact that she rediscovered the divine Principle which underlay the works of the prophets, Christ Jesus, his disciples, and the early Christians. She saw that the power which enabled Elisha to multiply the oil was the power which enabled Jesus to multiply the loaves and fishes; also, that the power that healed the sick and sinning and raised the dead was God, the divine Principle of being, working through His spiritual law. Christ Jesus understood spiritual law. He demonstrated divine Science and its rules, and declared that anyone who belived on him—which must mean anyone who understood his teachings—should perform the works which he performed, and by the same spiritual method. It is a matter of history that the early Christian were enabled, through prayer and spiritual understanding, to heal the sick and even to raise the dead for nearly three hundred years after the ascension. What is once possible is always possible under the same conditions; and these effects would be produced to-day with as great certainly but for the fact, as the clergyman says, that "Christianity had forgotten a great truth." Christian Science does not teach its adherents to ignore sin, disease, suffering, and trouble, but to overcome these erroneous conditions by gaining more understanding of the spiritual truth which Christ Jesus said would make men free.

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