In reply to a letter on Christian Science from another...

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In reply to a letter on Christian Science from another correspondent, may I say that it is incorrect to describe Christian Science as primarily an American religion. The teachings of Christian Science are those of Christ Jesus, and Mrs. Eddy's purpose in founding the Church of Christ, Scientist, was stated by her to be, "To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 17).

Mrs. Eddy's ancestors were from both Scotland and England, and an examination of the state of thought in New England at the time of her discovery of Christian Science indicates that it was particularly favorable for such an event. The appeal of the teachings of Christian Science, like those of Christ Jesus, is to all classes and to all nations and peoples. One has only to look at the list of Christian Science churches and societies in The Christian Science Journal to note that they are to be found in nearly all parts of the civilized world. Many people have been healed simply through reading the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and for testimonies of healing through Christian Science I would refer your readers to those in The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel, published monthly and weekly. Other testimonies can be heard at the Wednesday evening meetings in connection with any Christian Science church or society.

No correct information about the teachings of Christian Science or the Church of Christ, Scientist, will be obtained from either of the two books mentioned by your correspondent. The best account of the life of its Discoverer is to be found in her own autobiography, "Retrospection and Introspection," or in the biography by Sibyl Wilbur, or the one more recently published, "Mary Baker Eddy: A Life Size Portrait" by Dr. Lyman P. Powell, an Episcopal clergyman, all of which are easily obtainable.

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