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Your issue of December 21, 1934, reports a minister of...


Your issue of December 21, 1934, reports a minister of the gospel as saying in a recent sermon, "The Christian Science attitude is akin to that of Hindu Vedantism," and that "the whole philosophy of Christian Science teaching has a spirit of unreality about it." Kindly allow me space to correct these and other misstatements which appear in the article, and which, to say the least, are misleading and totally at variance with the teachings of Christian Science.

Christian Science is established upon the rock of spiritual understanding, against which, as Jesus declared, "the gates of hell shall not prevail." Christ Jesus also definitely proclaimed that he came into the world to bear witness unto the truth—the truth about God and man, created in the image and likeness of God, the understanding of which frees mankind from the bondage of idolatry and paganism.

For the benefit of your readers permit me to say that the basis of Christian Science is the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me;" and as an evidence of the importance which Christian Science attaches to the Hebrew Decalogue it is of interest to note that the fundamental teaching in all Christian Science Sunday Schools begins with the Ten Commandments, the second of which reads in part, "Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image." Furthermore, all the members of The Mother Church and of its branch churches and societies throughout the world subscribe to six religious Tenets, the second of which reads as follows: "We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God. We acknowledge His Son, one Christ; the Holy Ghost or divine Comforter; and man in God's image and likeness" (Church Manual, p. 15). Therefore, for one to infer that the teaching of Christian Science is like that of Hinduism, which embodies in its practice the worship of idols, or to infer that the philosophy of Christian Science is unreal, is indicative of a misunderstanding of the theology of Christian Science.

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