Letters to the Press

From Christian Science Committees on Publication

Boston Sunday Globe Boston, Massachusetts

The story on Christian Science in last Sunday's Globe had some degree of balance, for which we are duly grateful. Even so, old myths apparently die hard.

As we read in the Billboard column of the same issue how your reporter tried to penetrate the "shroud of secrecy" supposedly enveloping our church, we thought of the top-level interviews, documented facts, figures and printed reports we furnished him, together with offers of further help, and wondered what else would be necessary before the myth of secrecy, like the allied myths of serious schism and imminent collapse, could be decently laid to rest.

We are grateful that your reporter did accept some of that factual material as rebuttal of what his own story called the unproven charges of the assorted dissidents he quoted. But please, after a hundred years in the community, can't we get to know each other a little better—at least to the point where an open invitation to come and talk isn't confused with a challenge to storm the Bastille?

J. Buroughs Stokes
Committees on Publication

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May 8, 1978

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