Your correspondent, "Luke," in referring to a Christian Science...

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Your correspondent, "Luke," in referring to a Christian Science lecture, asserts the lecturer to be quite wrong in her conception of the "new birth," as set forth in St. John's Gospel. Here Jesus says, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

Christian Science interprets this "new birth" as a purification of sense and self. Nothing but the highest Christianization of thought and desire can give the true concept of God. This new birth is not accomplished in a moment, but through continuous self-abnegation, self-consecration, and unselfed love; thus mortals can lay off the "old man," and the full stature of the Christ appears. This spiritual birth opens to the understanding a higher and holier concept of the supremacy of Spirit, and man's spiritual existence dawns on human thought.

June 8, 1940

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