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From Christian Science Committees on Publication

Cape Times

Cape Times
Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

While appreciating [the writer's] humour in his "PS" column "Doing without doctors," (Cape Times, August 6), I feel it is only fair to the Christian Science religion to clarify the implied meaning of his term "right thinking."

This does not mean merely optimistic thinking in the face of some painful malady, but it is the deeply humble turning to [our] Heavenly Father. This conscious communion with God, coupled with a fervent desire to overcome one's sins, is our understanding of the term "right thinking."

It is pertinent to note here that the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says in her writings:

"Healing physical sickness is the smallest part of Christian Science. . . . The emphatic purpose of Christian Science is the healing of sin; and this task, sometimes, may be harder than the cure of disease; because, while mortals love to sin, they do not love to be sick" (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 2).

William S. Stay
Committee on Publication

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March 12, 1977

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