Letters to the Press

From Christian Science Committees on Publication

The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Arizona

An article ... on the Religion page of The Arizona Republic of Sept. 16 gives an unbiased, informative picture....

With a full appreciation of the writer's desire to be both sympathetic and objective, I would like to point out a slight inaccuracy which crept into her mention of Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy.

Christian Science preceded the New Thought movement by many years. Mrs. Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was published in 1875, and she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879 to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17).

The author of the articles was right in pointing out the difference between Christian Science and New Thought in regard to the use of medicine.

However, the statement that Christian Scientists rely entirely on "the mind" misses the important point that what they rely on is the divine Mind, not the human mind. Mind with a capital M is one of the synonyms they use for God, and Christian Science teaches entire reliance on God, as Jesus taught and exemplified in his own healing ministry.

Paul D. Hutchins
Committee on Publication

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July 10, 1976

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