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Indiana Jewish Chronicle

As your paper "invites correspondence on subjects of interest to the Jewish people," I ask the courtesy of a brief reply to the report of a Jewish rabbi's sermon entitled, "Do Jews Need Christian Science?" which appeared in your recent issue. This rabbi honestly acknowledges that "some Jews turn to Christian Science either for guidance or for healing," and explains why from his viewpoint. He may be a good authority for one seeking to know the truth about Judaism, and the medical authority he refers to may be a good authority for one seeking to know about medicine, but it is unfair to your readers to expect them to accept the superficial opinion of either prejudiced rabbi or physician as authoritative information on Christian Science. Recalling the unjust persecutions of their own race, Jews will not look with favor upon the persecution of another religion, even by one of their own faith.

There is only the one authorized textbook on Christian Science, namely, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. This book, used by all students and practitioners of Christian Science, is available at almost any public library, and at all Christian Science Reading Rooms. Christian Scientists welcome the increased interest of all denominations in spiritual healing, and rejoice if Judaism is striving to make more of the healing art of prayer; but they are too busy profiting by an increasing understanding of God, as found in Christian Science, to abuse or despise the medical profession or anyone else. They depend upon their religion to heal both sickness and sin, but they do not put even a straw in the way of the one who does not so radically trust in God as they, nor do they seek to persuade anyone against his will from his religious faith or accepted form of healing. All that they claim is that they have been healed, and that their lives are being regenerated through Christian Science. Anyone is free to investigate Christian Science, and accept or reject it, as he may decide.

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