For the sake of your readers, and in justice to Christian Science,...

Witness and Canadian Homestead

For the sake of your readers, and in justice to Christian Science, I should like to correct the very mistaken and misleading views poured forth by "One who loves the Witness." I give her credit for being sincere, and I trust she will concede the same in respect to us. 1. Far from denying the words of the Bible, as she claims we do, the very first tenet of Christian Science states our adherence to it. Christian Scientists are students of the Bible, and usually study it every day. To obtain the benefit of the Bible teachings, their spiritual meaning must be understood. I do not for one moment claim that none but Christian Scientists may understand their spiritual meaning, but I do claim that the teachings of Christian Science have given me, and thousands of others, a more spiritual understanding of the Bible, and have made it so much more real to us, especially the life, works, and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, that I find I can use and apply them on a scientific basis to my everyday life, and get results.

2. Prayer: Our critic asks, "What does Mrs. Eddy say about prayer?" The very first chapter in Science and Health is on Prayer. This chapter is admitted by many who are regular so-called orthodox church members to be one of the finest expositions on prayer ever written. 3. Our critic asks, "Who is she [Mrs. Eddy] that should dare to put before people such a teaching as she does?" I will content myself with the following extract from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Thirteenth Edition, 1926 (p. 919): "As has been remarked by intelligent observers, Mrs. Eddy's faith in God, her dependence on prayer, her obedience to Christ, her patience in adversity or opposition, and her combination of practical and spiritual wisdom, were exceptional in the most extraordinary degree. Beyond cavil or question, her life was an illustration and a demonstration of her proposition that 'prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind'" (Science and Health, p. 1).

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