In an article entitled "Health Notes" in a recent issue...

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In an article entitled "Health Notes" in a recent issue of your paper, the author complains because Christian Science declares that sickness, sin, and death are not concomitants of Life or Truth. Christian Science is often criticized by those who fail to understand its teachings. As used in Christian Science the words "Life" and "Truth," when captalized, signify God. These synonyms for God occur in the Bible, and are used by Mrs. Eddy to express more clearly the nature of Deity. Mrs. Eddy is here amplifying the fact that God, who is Life or Truth, is not in concord with sickness, sin, and death. Christian Science teaches that all reality is in and of God; that His creation is like Himself, good; and, further, that He is the only creator. The doctor also states that Christian Science, or Christian Scientists, say that there is no such thing as evil in the world. Evil is a false state of consciousness, at variance with honesty, justice, and truth. God did not create evil; hence it has no reality, however real it may seem either as a person, a place, or a thing. If everybody in the world would cease evil thinking, it would vanish from human experience. We agree with the doctor that Jesus did, indeed, say that the sick needed a physician. Not a doctor of material medicine, however, but a metaphysician. The Master's remedies for suffering humanity consisted not of drugs, cataplasms, or embrocations. His remedy was Truth, God, whose ever present and all-powerful spiritual law heals and saves to the uttermost. Through Christian Science this healing, saving law is again being understood and demonstrated in healing the sick and the sinning all over the Christian world.

At a general convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church recently held in Washington, District of Columbia, a report of a joint commission of bishops and deputies was read which declared that "Christian healing has passed beyond the stage of experiment and its value cannot be questioned." Three conclusions were drawn by the commission, after six years of study; and the report asked the general convention to "thankfully recognize the deepening of the spiritual life of the church which has come through the growing recognition of the healing power of God." The conclusions were "that throughout the world spiritual healing is no longer the hope of a few but the belief and practice of a large and rapidly increasing number of persons. That such healing is an experience of mankind that can no longer be questioned. That while faith in any supposed remedy produces some effect, vital faith in God, as revealed in Christ, is followed by results which are more sure, more lasting, and of a more evidently spiritual character." The report was signed by the Rt. Rev. Theodore I. Reese, bishop of southern Ohio and chairman of the commission. Other signers included three eminent physicians, Dr. Howard Johnson of San Francisco, Dr. Charles H. Mayo of Rochester, Minnesota, and Dr. W. Sinclair Bowen of Washington, District of Columbia.

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February 2, 1929

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