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From the March 1961 issue of The Christian Science Journal

FROM THE DIRECTORS The question is sometimes asked, "Why is total abstinence from the use of alcohol and tobacco required of applicants for membership in The Mother Church?" The answer may be simply stated, Because their use in any degree is inconsistent with the teaching and practice of Christian Science as set forth in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy. On page 454 of the textbook our beloved Leader writes, "It need not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with Christian Science.