The courtesy of space in your columns is respectfully...

Weston-Super-Mare Gazette

The courtesy of space in your columns is respectfully requested to reply to a writer's criticism of Christian Science in your last issue.

It is not correct to say that Christian Scientists call God "a principle," though the word "Principle," capitalized, is certainly used as one of a number of synonyms for God, namely, Spirit, Soul, Mind, Life, Truth, Love. The appropriateness of this word in connection with Deity is seen by reference to a dictionary, which states: "Principle—beginning; foundation; source; origin; ultimate element or cause."

Christian Science certainly differs from the theology that conceives of God as a magnified human personality with such attributes as revenge, ferocity, jealousy, wrath, as dealing out disease and death to His children. In so differing, Christian Science bases its teaching on that of Christ Jesus, who taught that even men must not manifest such qualities! And "shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?" Jesus taught that man must be perfect as the Father, not the Father imperfect like a mortal. This challenged many notions held about God up to his time. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 269: "Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike."

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