A clergyman, in a sermon recently appearing in your...

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A clergyman, in a sermon recently appearing in your paper, says that Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, had "usurped the function and prerogatives of Christ to a greater or lesser degree."

Such a statement is grossly unfair to Mrs. Eddy. Surely Mrs. Eddy and her religion, Christian Science, which is reforming the sinner and healing the sick in Christ's name, through spiritual means only, just as the Master himself did and demanded that his followers should do, cannot be charged with usurping the functions and prerogatives of Christ. On the contrary, Mrs. Eddy's religion, in reclaiming the infidel, reforming the sinner, and rescuing the suffering from beds of anguish and pain, is bringing the one infinite God and His Christ into the experience and lives of vast multitudes. These good works are doing much to reestablish and to perpetuate the functions and prerogatives of Christ, Truth, in the hearts and lives of humanity.

It was upon the basis of spiritual healing that Christ Jesus was enabled to demonstrate man's true spiritual nature; to prove his own spiritual inseparability from God, and to establish beyond question "the way, the truth, and the life," which destroys sin, disease, and death, thus proving the immortality of man. Those mighty works of spiritual healing which Christ Jesus accomplished bore unquestionable proof of his Messiahship. Likewise, Christian Science offers its good works of regeneration and spiritual healing as proof that its teaching and practice are in strict accord with the Christianity of Christ Jesus.

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September 19, 1931

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