In a recent issue there was an article purporting to...


In a recent issue there was an article purporting to answer the inquiry, "Why does Christian Science get such a hold on people?" The writer's views are misleading. Christian Science appeals to its many adherents because it reinstates "primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). This fact can be proved by any sincere seeker who will, with an unbiased mind, study the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, in conjunction with the Bible, whose pages the textbook will illumine, and whose promises it will enable him to make his own.

Those who have learned something of the ever-presence of God as revealed through the teachings of Christian Science can always give a "reason of the hope" that is in them, because they have found a practical religion, in which opinion and dogma are replaced by proof and demonstration.

Although Christian Science teaches the allness of God and the consequent unreality of everything that is unlike Him, it admits that sin, disease, and death seem very real to human sense. These conditions are not, however, real in the true meaning of the word; nor are they in accordance with the law of God, else Christ Jesus would not have destroyed them and enjoined his followers to do likewise. Such inharmonies are no more realities in the Science of being than are mistakes in the science of numbers. Inharmony arises from ignorance, which is dispelled by the light of Truth.

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