From Letters, Substantially as Published

In reply to the letter which appeared on Friday, may...

New Zealand Herald

In reply to the letter which appeared on Friday, may I suggest that if your correspondent had attended the lecture in question, instead of reading two or three detached paragraphs, he would not have rushed into print to condemn. The lecturer emphasized the leavening effect of the teachings of Christian Science on world thought and pointed out the immense distance we have traveled along the road to absolute truth. It is not so very long ago that great numbers of Christian people fervently believed the atrocious doctrint that God actually created a majority of His children to be tormented eternally, and a certain specially favored minority for eternal bliss. I am not by any means an old man, but I can distinctly remember when famous preachers, who were contemporaneous with Mrs. Eddy, declaimed from the pulpit upon the physical actualities of the worm that dieth not, and the flame which is not quenched, until my young flesh crept and "my hair stood on end." And even today there are still plenty of pulpits from which is expounded the theory that our heavenly Father, who has at His instant command all good, all power, wisdom, and presence, sends or permits evil as a means of grace, for the correctin or punishment of other evil. Christian Science teaches only the God who is Spirit, Life, and Love, and who is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," and cannot "look on iniquity," and denies that He who through the Bible has commanded us to "overcome evil with good," could Himself possibly utilize evil for the same purpose.

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