I should be glad of space in your columns to correct some...

Auckland Sun

I should be glad of space in your columns to correct some of the misrepresentations of Christian Science which were published in a report of a lecture in your paper on October 8. Among other inaccurate statements the lecturer speaks of Christian Science as a new theory. It is also frequently asserted by critics that Christian Science is an old system of philosophy, revised. Amid such confusion of thought it is wise to inquire honestly and sincerely into such a big subject as Christian Science and its methods; to find out what its teachings are, and to test them as we are told by Christ Jesus, "by their fruits." Anyone who follows this course can come only to the conclusion that a religion which is healing the sick and reforming the sinner, as Christian Science is doing, is the religion which our Master, Christ Jesus, taught and enjoined upon his followers.

Christian Science, as the lecturer states, repudiates pantheism; and all through our Lord's teachings will be found the utter rejection of the belief that matter is an entity equal with Spirit.

Christian Science does deny the reality of evil, but this does not mean that, as the speaker states, it ignores sin, any more than the mathematician ignores an error in a mathematical problem. He does not for a moment admit that the mistake is part of the truth about that calculation, but sets to work to find out where the mistake lies, and to correct it. And he knows that there is only one answer to that problem—the right one. In the same way Christian Science teaches that though sin appears to be present in this mortal experience, it is an error which God, who is all good, has not made, and it can therefore be cast out and destroyed, as our Master destroyed it.

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August 17, 1929

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