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My attention has been called to a statement contained in a sermon in your paper that, if left uncorrected, would tend to mislead your readers as to the teachings of Christian Science on the subject of the resurrection. The sermon has this statement: "If he [Jesus Christ] was raised from the dead, that kills altruism, communism, evolution, and modernism; also Christian Science; Mohammedanism; Buddhism; Confucianism and all other false religions."

Christian Science definitely teaches the reality and actuality of the resurrection of Christ Jesus. In her book "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 180) Mrs. Eddy has written: "I love the Easter service: it speake to me of Life, and not of death. Let us do our work; then we shall have part in his [Christ Jesus'] resurrection." The Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," also by Mrs. Eddy, contains these words (p. 317): "Our Lord and Master presented himself to his disciples after his resurrection from the grave, as the self-same Jesus whom they had loved before the tragedy on Calvary." One of the Tenets of Christian Science is the following: "We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter" (ibid., p. 497). If space permitted, I could quote many such passages from the textbook and other authorized Christian Science literature, but I am confident that the above quotations will suffice to show that Christian Science does accept and promulgate the Scriptural teachings concerning the resurrection.

February 22, 1936
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