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The Christian Science Monitor: A God-inspired newspaper

From the October 1978 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Christian Science Monitor is published as a vital, Christly activity of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Through the appropriate channels open to it as a newspaper, it reaches with healing purpose into the many concerns and interests of human thought.

In his biography of Mrs. Eddy, Irving C. Tomlinson writes: "As each Christian Science periodical appeared, including The Christian Science Monitor, it was not merely a journalistic or literary venture; it was a spiritual, life-dispensing message, designed to bring salvation to humanity, to serve as an entering wedge of release from mortality, from its terrors, agonies, despairs, and failures. It was designed to bring life to all; to enter into the history of each individual, to rehabilitate his experience, and to shape his destiny." Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1966), p. 99; Surely, this vital, spiritual mission of our newspaper is one we can love with all our hearts.

We can love the Monitor for what it is in truth—representative of Mind's activity. Mrs. Eddy said, as Tomlinson reports it, "God calls upon me to found a daily newspaper." And when questioned as to the wisdom of using the words "Christian Science" in the paper's title, she replied firmly, "God gave me this name and it remains." ibid., pp. 105-106; These words of its founder give clear evidence that the Monitor was founded with the same divinely inspired wisdom and impulsion through which Mrs. Eddy established all the activities of her Church. And we, through our expression of divine Love, can play a significant role in extending our paper's Christly service to mankind.

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