What shall be the attitude of Christian Scientists toward those who seek to alleviate the physical and mental suffering of mankind through medical research? In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 151), "Great respect is due the motives and philanthropy of the higher class of physicians."

A Christian Scientist has no quarrel with those who seek the solution of human problems through material means, although he does not agree with them. In Science and Health our Leader points out that everyone has the right to live according to his convictions. She advises Christian Scientists not to condemn their brethren who look to material medicine for information or healing and says that our motto should be (Matt. 7:1), "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

The recognition of the right of others to their own convictions does not mean that the Christian Scientist should surrender his right to be protected from having medical means and practices imposed upon him. He may have to insist upon his constitutional rights to practice his religion without interference from health authorities so long as he abides by the law of the land. But his attitude should always be based on the commandment, "Love one another." A quiet and poised state of thought, permeated with love for God and man, is most desirable. It always supplies the healing balm which turns aside the threat of persecution or the imposition of human will in the attempted enforcement of unjust health and governmental regulations. Love, our Leader tells us, liberates, heals, and acts as the universal solvent for every aggressive suggestion of mortal mind.

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June 25, 1955

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