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Southern Times

Your issue of October 17th contains a synopsis of a sermon on Christian Science in which a clergyman analyzes the words "Christian" and "Science," in such a way as to convey to your readers a complete misinterpretation of the words as understood by Christian Scientists. Take his definition of the word "Science." He has only presented one meaning of the word. The word really means "knowledge of principles or facts" (Webster's New International Dictionary); and Christian Science means knowledge of the divine Principle and rules which enabled Christ Jesus to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to walk on the water, to multiply loaves and fishes, and to find money in a fish's mouth. The science or knowledge of how these works were performed is rightly termed "Christian Science," which is the Science of the Mind of Christ as distinct from what is termed natural science or the science of the human so-called mind which deals with the material universe.

When the lecturer on Christian Science, to whom our critic refers, made the statement, "The laws of heredity are false," he was correct. This statement is corroborated in the eighteenth chapter of Ezekiel, where we read: "What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel."

Our critic is mistaken when he asserts that Mrs. Eddy was unfamiliar with the philosophies of the past. Nevertheless, it was the philosophy of Jesus which she understood and demonstrated. On pages 364 and 365 of her book "Miscellaneous Writings" she writes: "Christian Science rends this veil of the temple of gods, and reproduces the divine philosophy of Jesus and Paul. This philosophy alone will bear the strain of time and bring out the glories of eternity; for 'other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,' which is Christ, Truth;" and again, on page 361, "When every form and mode of evil disappear to human thought, and mollusk and radiate are spiritual concepts testifying to one creator, — then, earth is full of His glory, and Christian Science has overshadowed all human philosophy, and being is understood in startling contradiction of human hypotheses; and Socrates, Plato, Kant, Locke, Berkeley, Tyndall, Darwin, and Spencer sit at the feet of Jesus."

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