An editorial in your issue of May 26 quotes from a neighboring...


An editorial in your issue of May 26 quotes from a neighboring newspaper a contributed article in which the writer gives a very erroneous view of the teachings of Christian Science. I feel sure you will give me a little space to make a correction. Many people who have made no open-minded investigation of Christian Science make the same error this contributor did. He distorted the Christian Science concept of the term "real." In its deep and true signification—and that is the way Christian Scientists properly use it—the term "real" is related solely to spiritual things. It has nothing whatever to do with material evidences. So when a student of Christian Science speaks of sickness and pain as not being real, he means they are not made by the creator who made everything good; and because God did not make them they do not exist as realities. To the physical senses sickness, pain, and many other false beliefs may seem intensely real. But a Christian Scientist can and does prove their unreality by knowing the truth about them, which is that God did not make them and hence they are not true or real.

The Christian Science view of reality is set forth in an illuminating passage on page 335 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where the author, Mary Baker Eddy, has written: "Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal. Sin, sickness, and mortality are the suppositional antipodes of Spirit, and must be contradictions of reality."

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March 11, 1933

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