Will you kindly allow me space in your good paper to...

Agricultural Reporter

Will you kindly allow me space in your good paper to make a few corrective statements with regard to the editorial entitled "Beyond the Grave" in your issue of August 28.

The article classes Christian Science with "religious eccentricities—Swedenborgians, Indian mysteries, Shakers, and Spiritualists"—and states that "since the war it was inevitable that a reaction from the hard, material realities of the beginning of the twentieth century would find expression" in these ways.

I should like to say, first, that Christian Science has absolutely nothing in common with the occult. It is based squarely on the commands of the Bible, including that found in such verses as Deuteronomy 18:9-12: "When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that ... useth divination ... or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord."

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The Idealist
July 13, 1929

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