It is obvious that your correspondent, whose letter on...

It is obvious that your correspondent, whose letter on Christian Science appeared in your last issue of 30th ultimo, completely misunderstands the subject. Had he discerned, however dimly, the spirituality which animates the teachings of Christian Science, he could not have made the statements contained in his letter. Christian Science is based wholly on the Scriptures, the spiritual interpretation of which came as a revelation to Mary Baker Eddy, and is set forth in her work "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which is the textbook of Christian Science.

Your correspondent misunderstands the use of the word "Principle" as applied to God in Christian Science. The following definition of God appears on page 465 of the Christian Science textbook: "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." The word "Principle" as here used helps to make clear that God is the cause, origin, foundation, of all true existence. The synonymous terms or names for God quoted above bring out the full and true concept of Deity as the great I AM, the alone God.

The critic also misunderstands prayer as taught in Christian Science, which he says "is not Christian prayer at all." Prayer in Christian Science is best judged by its results, namely, the redemption and healing of many thousands from sin and disease. Prayer as understood in Christian Science has enabled many Christians to obey the full command of our Master to preach the gospel and heal the sick, the full command which was obeyed by Christians for nearly three centuries after the resurrection; surely such prayer is entitled to the characterization "Christian."

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