In your issue of the 9th a contributor to your columns...


In your issue of the 9th a contributor to your columns has expressed his views on a number of subjects of general interest. Conceding everyone's right to his or her opinions, it is sometimes the case that an individual may be misinformed on some things and may thus inadvertently do an injustice to another.

Your correspondent is just and fair in his estimate of Christian Science in his statement that "a great amount of Christian Science doctrine is sound and good, because Jesus taught it long before Mrs. Eddy was born." He is mistaken, however, when he states that "a still greater amount of the doctrine is childish and false and dangerous." Christian Science is not Mrs. Eddy's invention or innovation. She claimed nothing more nor less than that it is discovery of the Science underlying the healing work of Jesus and of the patriarchs and prophets. Her mission in founding a church was, to quote her own words, "to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). Christian Scientists are earnestly and honestly striving to emulate the teachings and life of Christ Jesus. They make no boastful claims as to their attainments to this end, but they are humbly grateful for at least a substantial measure of success in Christian healing and in the regeneration from sin. The tremendous growth of this movement is an evidence of their good works, and "by their fruits ye shall know them." It is regrettable that any fellow religionist should speak of Christian Science as "childish and false and dangerous." Christian Scientists do not criticize or condemn their fellow religionists because they do not happen to agree with them.

September 14, 1929

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