Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication

Northern and Eastern Districts, India.

The work of the Committee includes scanning newspapers and periodicals published locally for references to Christian Science. As an example of the vigilance constantly required in such work, the following is instanced. Among the "Wanted" advertisements in an obscure part of a newspaper, there appeared a request for assistance in procuring a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The information was promptly supplied.

During the year, Christian Science was mentioned on several occasions in the local press; on only two of these was it deemed necessary to submit letters of correction. In the first case, the Hindustan Times of New Delhi, a nationalist daily with a considerable circulation, reproduced from the Harijan a report containing several well-meaning but misleading statements regarding Christian Science. The Committee's commentary was published in full, with interesting results. The editors of a magazine in Delhi, "devoted to the exposition of the true art of living for health, success, and prosperity," first wrote and later called to thank me for the letter to the Hindustan Times and to seek further information regarding our religion. They borrowed the textbook and some Christian Science literature and requested an authoritative statement for publication. They were given a copy of the Christian Science Sentinel. Similarly, another Indian gentleman wrote for and was supplied with Christian Science literature. Our newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, continues to make many new friends and to keep the old. I have been able to make good use of it in official circles, where it is always welcomed for its well-informed presentation of world news. During the recent crisis in Europe, a prominent Englishman in Bengal, who is not a Christian Scientist but is an enthusiastic reader of the Monitor, wrote to the Statesman of Calcutta drawing attention to and quoting from an article by a Monitor staff writer.

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The Breath of God
July 15, 1939

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