In a recent issue of the Journal [Portland], in the...


In a recent issue of the Journal [Portland], in the "Twenty Years Ago" column, appears the statement that "Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, head of the Christian Science church, has joined hands with the big statesmen of the country who are advocating a big navy."

In the light of world happenings during the past twenty years, that statement, republished at this particular time, may convey a not altogether correct impression regarding Mrs. Eddy's attitude in the matter. It is true that she did, in 1908, say that "at this hour the armament of navies is necessary, for the purpose of preventing war and preserving peace among nations" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 286); but that should not be taken to imply that she advocated a navy of large proportions, since she deplored the necessity for armaments, even as a temporary expedient, strongly favoring peace and arbitration. In the same published statement, made over twenty years ago, she said, "National disagreements can be, and should be, arbitrated wisely, fairly; and fully settled." "For many years," she said (ibid.), "I have prayed daily that there be no more war, no more barbarous slaughtering of our fellowbeings; prayed that all the peoples on earth and the islands of the sea have one God, one Mind; love God supremely, and love their neighbor as themselves."

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