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In the April 7 issue of your paper, a speaker is quoted as...


In the April 7 issue of your paper, a speaker is quoted as referring to "a modern cult" in such phraseology as to indicate that he was referring to Christian Science. With the thought that your readers may glean therefrom the wrong impression regarding the teachings of Christian Science, I shall appreciate space in your columns for an explanation and correction.

The statement that Christian Science teaches that sin is an illusion of mortal mind is quite correct, but we read in the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 339): "A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin,—would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up 'wrath against the day of wrath.'" "Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil." If God created evil, then we should have "a self-evident absurdity—namely, erroneous truth" (Science and Health, p. 472).

Christian Science denies the reality of evil from a purely spiritual standpoint. It does not deny, however, that sin and suffering are some of the human experiences with which mankind has to contend. Christian Scientists acknowledge, in accordance with the Tenets of their church (ibid., p. 497), "that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death."

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November 28, 1936

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