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Christian Advocate

My attention has just been called to a letter in the Advocate. This communication contained a number of erroneous statements, some of which I trust you will permit me to correct. As a prefatory observation let it be said that the proper name for the system taught by Mary Baker Eddy is Christian Science.

Christian Science does not conceive of God as a finite personality, for this would involve the unthinkable contradiction of limiting omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. Perhaps this statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 116) may be helpful: "If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person,—in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense."

The statement that "Mrs. Eddy believed in witchcraft" is misleading in view of the fact that dark and devious ways of every kind never had a stronger opponent than she. Even the most casual or hostile reading of her writings should disclose this. It is incorrect to say that Christian Science inculcates "a strong belief in money." It does, however, teach that God is the provider of "every good gift and every perfect gift," as James phrases it. This expectation and realization logically follows the promise of the Master, who named numerous things which are rightfully ours, and added the words, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Let it here be said that Mrs. Eddy's savings were applied chiefly to the promotion and extension of her religion.

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January 16, 1937

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