In the Adresseavisen of recent date I find in the column...


In the Adresseavisen of recent date I find in the column under "The word free" an article with the heading, "What does Christian Science have for its object?" signed Aa—,wherein is quoted what Aschehoug's Cyclopedia states about the Christian Science movement, while the writer at the same time asks if anybody can give him fuller information about the matter.

I should like to point out that the explanation of the fundamental teachings of Christian Science given by said Cyclopedia is incorrect. Christian Science teaches that the actual and eternal selfhood of man is wholly spiritual and in reality is never touched by sin or sickness. These evils undeniably constitute a large portion of material experience; but Christian Science maintains, in accordance with the Bible, that they do not originate in God. "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" Consequently, they have no real or eternal existence, but through God's help can be overcome. Thus Christian Science explains the unreal nature of moral and physical ills. In proportion as one understands his true selfhood and its relation to God and lives in accordance with God's law, he gains the dominion over sin and sickness which characterized the early Christians. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The Christian Science church was established to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17).

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January 7, 1933

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