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Your report of the important debate on the subject of faith healing and the possible inclusion of services for the anointing of the sick in the formularies of the Church of England, will have been read by a large section of the public. Your courtesy is therefore sought in allowing me to correct in a Christian manner an imposition on the public in regard to the teachings of Christian Science, contained in the last paragraph of your report, which read as follows: "They would provide a means of combating the advance in this country of Christian Science," the teachings of which were described as "a farrago of inconsistent ideas that no human being could possibly accept."

In the first place it will be clear to any thinker that if the description of the teachings of Christian Science given in that statement were true, there would be nothing real for the church to combat, nor any basis from which the advance of Christian Science could come. A passage in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, explains the position clearly. It is to be found on page 355, and reads thus: "The statement that the teachings of Christian Science in this work are 'absolutely false, and the most egregious fallacies ever offered for acceptance,' is an opinion wholly due to a misapprehension both of the divine Principle and practice of Christian Science and to a consequent inability to demonstrate this Science. Without this understanding, no one is capable of impartial or correct criticism, because demonstration and spiritual understanding are God's immortal keynotes, proved to be such by our Master and evidenced by the sick who are cured and by the sinners who are reformed."

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A Song of Faith
August 1, 1931

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