Recent issues of Emanu-El have contained some interesting...


Recent issues of Emanu-El have contained some interesting letters regarding the racial and religious status of the Jew who has embraced Christian Science. These contributions have been worth while if for no other reason than to prove that religious issues can be discussed between persons holding divergent opinions in a tolerant, fair, and kindly manner. Nevertheless, some of the statements relating to Christian Science require elucidation.

It would be a misapprehension to suppose that one may join the Christian Science church without having changed his former religious beliefs. One of the qualifications necessary to become a member of the Christian Science church is that the applicant must be a believer in the doctrine of Christian Science, as taught by Mary Baker Eddy, its Discoverer and Founder. Another requisite is that the applicant shall have severed any former religious denominational connections.

Christian Science does not teach "the divinity of Jesus," if by that phrase is meant that Jesus was God. On the other hand, Christian Science does teach that Christ Jesus was the Messiah, whose coming was foretold by the Hebrew prophets.

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