In a recent issue, you have an item entitled "Evangelist Warns Group Against New Cults"...

St. Paris News Dispatch

In a recent issue, you have an item entitled "Evangelist Warns Group Against New Cults." In this item you state that a clergyman is issuing a warning against Christian Science and "other present-day cults." You have also quoted him as follows: "False prophets, formalism, and fear are three deadly foes of the gospel." These remarks and your comments are somewhat misleading, and I hope you will find space to publish this reply.

The word "cult" is not always understood. Its often popular acceptance describes movements of a rather faddish and frequently ephemeral nature. "Cult" may mean worship of a deity. "Cult" used in this latter sense may be applied to Christian Science, which is the worship of Deity, namely, the one God, "who healeth all thy diseases."

Christian Science is not so much a new religion as it is a revival of the primitive Christian faith. Christian Scientists "take the inspired Word of the Bible" as their "sufficient guide to eternal Life" (Science and Health, p. 497). Christian Science, which was discovered in the year 1866, by Mary Baker Eddy, is in complete accordance with the teachings of Christ Jesus. From that beginning it has spread until today the Christian Science organization is world-wide, consisting of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, and branch churches, with large numbers attending the services. Surely the time has come to recognize such a movement as a religion of dignified stability, even though one may not accept its tenets.

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November 18, 1933

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