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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 11. August 1, 1957

Closed Doors — A Reply from C.S.O

Closed Doors

A Reply from C.S.O.

We have been asked by the Committee of Christian Science Organisation to publish the following statement:

In an editorial in "Salient" of 19th July there appeared certain comments which, read in relation to the Christian Science Organisation (which is specifically named in the context of the editorial) are unfortunately quite inaccurate. The burden of the editorial, thus read, is that the C.S.O. is willing to admit only a select group of persons to its activities, and that there is accordingly, no "free interchange of views" about Christian Science. It is only fair that the correct situation should be stated.

First, all students at V.U.C. are entitled and welcome to take part in the meetings and other activities of the Organisation. This is written into our Constitution, and it would be completely inconsistent with our aims and objects for the position to be otherwise.

The next meeting is in Room A.2 on Friday. 9th August, at 7 p.m.; and we will move to a larger room if necessary.

The only limitation that exists is that only bona fide Christian Scientists may hold office (a similar position obtains in three other religious societies at V.U.C.) or cast a vote at general meetings (a similar position obtains in one other religious society, in practice, this limitation rarely comes into play, and is only a check). Bona fide Christian Scientists are those who are members of The Mother Church. The first Church of Christ. Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.

On the other hand, as distinct from decision-making, there is full opportunity for the expression of views on Christian Science by all.

In the first place, at any of our for nightly meetings (to which, we repeat, all are welcome) time is allotted for "experiences, testimonies and remarks" on Christian Science.

Secondly, individual Christian Scientists are glad to listen to informed criticism and to exchange views with others on the subject of their belief.

It should be added, for those who wish to obtain basic information on the teachings of this religion, that there iv now available in the College Library the text book, of the movement. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Also available is "The Cross and the Crown: The History of Christian Science" (Alien and Unwin. 1953), an unofficial history by Norman Beasley, an Anglican clergyman.

It is hoped that a member of the Board of Lectureship of The Mother Church will soon be able to visit the College.

It will be seen, therefore, that, so far from having "closed doors" this Organisation, in common with the other 173 Organisations at Universities in other countries, is anxious to open them as widely as possible.