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Your issue of July 3 carried a misleading reference to Mary Baker Eddy. May I respectfully ask space for a corrective statement. It is implied by the speaker that Christian Science, discovered and founded by Mary Baker Eddy, is a cult, and that Mrs. Eddy is worshiped. A dictionary defines, in part, the word "cult" as "especially an intellectual fad." Anyone who understands a small part of Christian Science teaching knows that this Science is based on the one divine, definite, demonstrable Principle, Truth, or good; and that in so far as one understands this divine Principle, he is able to demonstrate it with respect to all of his human experiences.

In regard to the intimation that Mrs. Eddy is worshiped in Christian Science, it may be said that Christian Scientists do not worship Mrs. Eddy. They are, indeed, seeking to know and to worship God aright. May I quote in this connection a few lines from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, written by Mary Baker Eddy (pp. 463, 464): "It has been said to the author, 'The world is benefited by you, but it feels your influence without seeing you. Why do you not make yourself more widely known?'" "In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not to exalt personality."

September 30, 1933
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