Dear Reader

Perhaps there has not been in recent times a more moving example of the potent—even revolutionary—role of truth and love, of practical Christianity, than was given in Eastern Europe in the historic year of 1989. In this issue, we are privileged to share an interview with a Protestant pastor in what was formerly East Germany. As the introduction to the interview brings out: "Several East German pastors saw within the Bible's message the promise of change without violence . ... They saw this freedom as rooted not in human political systems but in mankind's potential for living more closely with God."

Because of the historic nature of these events, the central role of practical Christianity in them—and because the founder of this publication, Mary Baker Eddy, frequently welcomed the messages of clergymen who she saw to be spiritually inspired and courageous—we are glad to include this exclusive interview. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "A special privilege is vested in the ministry. How shall it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity, not of sect." We feel she would agree that this is a stirring example of ministry serving the interests of humanity.

Freedom, revolution, and forgiveness
February 11, 1991

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