From Letters, Substantially as Published

In his "Notebook" in your last issue, "Wayfarer," reporting...


In his "Notebook" in your last issue, "Wayfarer," reporting a sermon, quotes the speaker as describing Christian Science as a cult which is seeking to do away with pain. One rejoices that it is indeed true that the students of Christian Science are succeeding in the destruction of sickness and pain through the realization of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, but that is not the main purpose of Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 150): "The mission of Christian Science now, as in the time of its earlier demonstration, is not primarily one of physical healing. Now, as then, signs and wonders are wrought in the metaphysical healing of physical disease; but these signs are only to demonstrate its divine origin,—to attest the reality of the higher mission of the Christ-power to take away the sins of the world."

In the Manual of The Mother Church (p. 17) it is also stated that when the church was founded, in 1879, "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."

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February 24, 1940

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