From Letters, Substantially As Published

In a sermon, as reported in your issue of November 6...

Derbyshire Advertiser

In a sermon, as reported in your issue of November 6, a bishop, referring to the subject of healing, made the following remark: "The Christian religion is not, primarily, like Christian Science, a faith-healing cult." This statement is misleading, since Christian Science is not primarily concerned with bodily healing, but with the elimination from human consciousness of fear, ignorance, and sin through a more spiritual understanding of God. Its marked success in the healing of physical ailments is the natural and inevitable result of a more spiritually enlightened concept of the nature of God and is regarded by Christian Scientists as one of the "signs" following such understanding. In the healing works of Christ Jesus the evils of fear and sin were cast out and the diseased condition was immediately healed. The individual was, therefore, regenerated spiritually and physically, and this is the standard of all Christian Science healing. Inasmuch as the religion of Christian Science is based upon the gospel teachings of pure Christianity, and its healing works are those which Christ Jesus said should follow "them that believe," Christian Science is a Christian religion, and not a mere "faith-healing cult," as was implied by the bishop.

The purpose of the Christian Science church is simply stated in the Church Manual, by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 17 we read, "On motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted,—To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing."

September 25, 1937

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