In an article in your issue of April 29, in which the writer...

Evening Sun

In an article in your issue of April 29, in which the writer alludes very generously to the activity of Christian Scientists in behalf of the Vestal copyright revision bill, which failed of passage in the last Congress, he refers to the textbook of Christian Science ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," written by Mary Baker Eddy) in such a way as to leave a possible doubt in the minds of those unacquainted with Christian Science as to how Christian Scientists regard this textbook with respect to the Bible.

Referring to this textbook, and to certain changes which Mrs. Eddy made in it from time to time, he states that it "is still the textbook if not the 'bible' of Christian Scientists." Let me say that this textbook is to the Christian Scientist exactly what its title implies; while the only Bible used by Christian Scientists is the Bible with which Christians are familiar, and which has brought so much comfort and healing to mankind. On page 497 of this textbook, and on page 15 of the Church Manual, Mrs. Eddy gives the following as the first of "the important points, or religious tenets, of Christian Science": "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." There is no foundation for any confusion between the textbook of Christian Science and the Bible, upon which the teachings of Christian Science are founded.

The Vestal copyright revision bill was designed to furnish relief which authors and publishers have been seeking in Congress for a great many years; and even though the bill failed of passage, Christian Scientists are grateful that they had the opportunity of working in its behalf.

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