On May 25 your paper reported an English bishop's attack...


On May 25 your paper reported an English bishop's attack on "pacifism," which he described as "anti-Christian" and as "blasphemous as Christian Science, which prays for bodily health without having recourse to the means God has given us for the cure of the body." On behalf of Christian Science I offer this reply.

Christian Science, without reservation, accepts Christ Jesus as the Exemplar. The great and good Master healed the sick, the blind, the maimed, and raised the dead, without recourse to material remedies, and he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." Was Jesus blasphemous when he did not use material remedies? And is it blasphemous to believe and endeavor to demonstrate the import of the dear Master's words?

Christian Science also believes implicitly that Christianity, as taught and practiced by Christ Jesus, is essentially a religion of peace and love. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, appraises Christianity in these words (p. 40): "The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed." If, as the bishop avers, Christianity is not a religion of peace, where then shall a weary and bewildered world turn for relief from its distresses?

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I Shall Arise
April 24, 1937

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