From Letters, Substantially as Published

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Would you be kind enough to afford space for this letter, in order to correct any wrong impression of Christian Science which a recent leading article may have given? Although the suggestion that wishful thinking is inherent in its doctrine was disclaimed, space for this explanation would be appreciated.

The term "wishful thinking" is generally taken to mean "remaining blindly hopeful in the face of contrary evidence." Christian Science does not foster blind faith: it is exact, spiritual Science, based on the Scriptures. It is defined by its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, as "the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony" (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1). Mistakes in arithmetic are not corrected by ignoring them, but by understanding the rule of arithmetic which corrects them. Similarly, Christian Science demands spiritual understanding and demonstration.

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