From Letters, Substantially as Published

A distinguished bishop was recently quoted in your paper...


A distinguished bishop was recently quoted in your paper as warning young ministers against "running off after some tomfoolery like the Oxford movement, which is a mixture of spiritualism, Christian Science, and Buddhism."

Kindly give me space in your paper to explain that Christian Science is not incorporated in any way in the Oxford movement, nor are the teachings of Christian Science similar to the doctrines of the Oxford movement. Neither is Christian Science allied to spiritualism or to Buddhism. It is therefore unfortunate that the religion of Christian Science is referred to in this category.

Briefly, it may be stated that Christian Science is a religion based entirely upon the Scriptures, and especially upon the teachings of Christ Jesus. It is Christian because it reiterates the words and works of the Master; it is Science because it is knowable, provable, demonstrable. This religion has reinstated the healing element of Christ's Christianity. Christian healing was an important part of the Christian ministry for at least three hundred years after the coming of Christ Jesus. Unfortunately, however, this healing element was lost sight of after about the year 325 A. D., and was practically in disuse among Christian peoples until the advent of Christian Science about sixty years ago.

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July 27, 1935

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