The three letters on Christian Science in your last issue,...

South African Review

The three letters on Christian Science in your last issue, written by "Elias," "Agnostic," and "Anti-Humbug"—rather a quaint combination, by the way—are interesting, but do not disturb the students of Christian Science.

"Elias" goes to some pains to explain that the reason for his anonymity is that mention of his creed might suggest bias. His creed, of course, is entirely his own business, but Review readers will be able to make their own estimate as to his impartiality when he writes nearly a column and a half, without one word in its favor, about a religion that has brought not only physical healing but great spiritual comfort to many thousands. Possibly the reason "Elias" considers the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, to be "a bundle of absurdities" is due to the fact that he finds it difficult to reconcile its teachings to his own creed. No doubt it is his privilege to set such a standard for himself, but is he entitled to do so for others who have found the volume understandable, logical, and demonstrable?

When he says that Mrs. Eddy wrote the "bible of the new faith," this is quite misleading, as the Bible used at all Christian Science services is the Authorized King James Version. The Christian Science textbook is used, as its name implies, as a "key" to the Bible.

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From the Field
December 10, 1932

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