One cannot but admire the spirit of tolerance displayed...


One cannot but admire the spirit of tolerance displayed in a clergyman's answer to the query, "What is your opinion of Christian Science and are Mrs. Eddy's views concerning Christ's teachings correct?" which appeared in your issue of October 6. There are, however, two statements in his reply that require correction.

Christian Scientists do not "believe that Mrs. Eddy's book Science and Health is the second Bible of humanity." There is not, nor can there be a second Bible; no other book can take its place. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, as its name implies, serves as a "key" to the Scriptures, and makes plain its truths. This can be attested by any student of the Bible who has gained some understanding of Christian Science.

While the clergyman may consider himself "temperamentally incapable" of accepting the teachings of Christian Science as to the nature of matter, many eminent physical scientists have arrived at conclusions similar in a degree to those taught by Christian Science. Professor Eddington, of the University of Cambridge, England, a leading physical scientist, recently said in the London (England) Observer: "Indeed, not only the laws of nature, but space and time and the material universe itself, are constructions of the human mind. ... To an altogether unsuspected extent the universe we live in is the creation of our minds. The nature of it is forever outside scientific investigation. If we are to know anything about that nature it must be through something like religious experience."

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Understanding and Inspiration
July 23, 1932

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