The word "rumor" has several meanings, but as we use it today its most common meaning is, according to Webster, "a story or report current without any known authority for its truth."

Idle talk about individuals originates in the so-called human mind. If some undesirable report reaches our ears about a friend, a well-known worker in the movement, or even the slightest of acquaintances, it is a wise plan to test it by tracing its origin. From whence did it come? Mind's messages are known by their strength, by their purity, and by the great fact that blessing one they bless all. Correspondingly, the integrity of individual thinking should be such that those reports which bear not the stamp of Mind are recognized and destroyed. Question a vague rumor and you will find that it has no source. "They say so ... Someone told me ..." will be the diverting answers proving the rumor's baseless and subtly deceptive formation from the elements of mortal mind. Baseless rumors receive no credence, and have no place in the thought of Christian Scientists who live and speak the truth.

Divine Concepts versus Sense Impressions
December 28, 1935

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