The Mission of Our Daily Newspaper

Mary Baker Eddy was an alert citizen of her community and of the world. She quite evidently expected her followers to be the same. At one point she addresses readers of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 227) as citizens of the world. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 147) she declares that the upright man, guided by Principle, will be at all times a public-spirited citizen. She concerned herself with the great issues of her day, with the Russo-Japanese conflict, Anglo-American friendship, international tribunals.

How may her followers be alert citizens? Was not this need for alertness and awareness one of the reasons behind the establishment of The Christian Science Monitor?

The world has caught something of the grandeur of our Leader's demonstration in founding this newspaper. Its reputation stands high all around the globe. In London, Sir Winston Churchill has compared the Monitor to the Manchester Guardian, one of Britain's finest dailies. In Washington, D. C., the Monitor is on many a legislator's and diplomat's desk; it is readily quoted, and selected items are inserted in the Congressional Record.

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The Mission of Our Periodicals
July 4, 1953

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