In an article in your paper a correspondent repeats...

Karlskoga Tidning

In an article in your paper a correspondent repeats (undoubtedly in good faith) some unreliable and misleading statements regarding the doctrine of Christian Science and its Discoverer, statements which long since have been refuted in court. The assertion that Mrs. Eddy was not the Discoverer of Christian Science is one of them. Dr. Lyman P. Powell, Rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, New York, writes thus on this subject: "Christian Science as it is today is really its Founder's creation. ... As a whole the system described in Science and Health is hers, and nothing that can ever happen will make it less than hers." Christian Science has definitely proved itself able to heal, in innumerable cases of disease, many of these cases having been given up as incurable by the medical profession. It may be said, however, that it still seems with some people as if their eyes often see and their ears hear only what preconceived opinions tell them to hear and see

Your correspondent rightly points out how cruel and criminal it would be to "tell people who are suffering ... that their sufferings are only imaginary ... or to try to make people believe that there is nothing the matter with little children who are suffering from diphtheria for instance ... and to permit them to play with other children and to send them to school. ..." Whatever this teaching may be, it is not what Christian Science teaches. Christian Scientists closely observe all the laws and rules of their country, including those concerning sanitation and hygiene. Permit me to cite from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 460): "Sickness is neither imaginary nor unreal,—that is, to the frightened, false sense of the patient. Sickness is more than fancy; it is solid conviction. It is therefore to be dealt with through right apprehension of the truth of being." The teaching of Christian Science is based solely on the Holy Bible, and therefore states that man is not confined within a more or less imperfect material body consisting of water and salts, ions, atoms, electric energy, and so forth. No, scientifically speaking, man is the spiritual, perfect, and immutable image and reflection of God, Spirit and Life. This he has always been and thus he will forever remain. On this basis—a starting point on which all Christians may agree—the healing in Christian Science is accomplished.

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