"Distinctly democratic"

The democratic system that was established by Mary Baker Eddy for conducting the affairs of branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, provides the orderly means for the solution of every problem of church government that may arise. In Article XXIII, Section 10, of the Manual of The Mother Church, Mrs. Eddy includes these words: "In Christian Science each branch church shall be distinctly democratic in its government, and no individual, and no other church shall interfere with its affairs."

The truly democratic form of government calls for equality and self-rule of those governed. Democracy admits a pluralistic concept of values and rejects a totalitarian concept, in which one group or one individual dominates the whole. The democratic system protects the minority, gives the individual the right to develop and express his own views, at the same time requiring of him patience and cooperation when he is in the minority.

Working to Prevent Crime
September 26, 1964

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