To the criticism that "Christian Science is neither Science...

To the criticism that "Christian Science is neither Science nor Christian," there comes the query as to what is Science and what constitutes being Christian. The word "science" is defined as knowledge which is based on fundamental truth, and which can be demonstrated according to given rules, and subjected to proof. It is a word that implies something which is knowable and, therefore, provable. Most of us already know what the word "Christian" means. Surely, it is that which is based upon the teachings of Christ Jesus. There are no two more perfectly applicable words that could have been assembled to indicate or describe the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy than the term "Christian Science." It is knowledge, or understanding of the Christ.

Mrs. Eddy's life is an open book. She was a devout follower of the teachings of Christ Jesus. She discovered that the healing work done by the Master, Christ Jesus, was according to the unchanging laws of God—the same healing law that was utilized by Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and other patriarchs and prophets of Biblical history. Her own healing caused Mrs. Eddy to seek to prove this divine law of God in her work for others, with the result that the sick were healed, together with sin, false appetites, discord, and inharmony. She brought to humanity a new hope, a better understanding of the Bible, and the actual reinstatement of Christ's healing Christianity. The Christian Science church today is the result of her work as Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and the throngs of grateful ones who adhere to this religion give heartfelt acknowledgment of her nobility of character, her consecration and deep spirituality; and the world at large has in some measure accorded Mrs. Eddy the just recognition that is due to one of her high achievements in this age.

The Master has said that "by their fruits ye shall know them." It is on this basis that Christian Scientists are willing, gladly, to be judged, as also their revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, was willing to be judged.

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October 16, 1937

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