In an account of the formation of a religious society...

Denver (Col.) News

In an account of the formation of a religious society recently, reference was made by one of its members to Christian Science, in which it was assumed that a Christian Science practitioner was essential to effect a cure of physical ills in Christian Science. Such an assumption is erroneous and misleading. It is true that a majority of cases of Christian Science healing are accomplished through the uplifting prayers of practitioners, but it is also equally true that many persons are healed through reading Science and Health, or through their own prayers after they have gained spiritual understanding through the study of the Bible and Science and Health. A practitioner is not necessarily essential to healing in Christian Science.

The further assumption of one of the statements in the article, that a Christian Science practitioner must be present with his patient to produce a cure, is equally erroneous. God is not bounded by human limitations of space, and the sincere prayer of the Christian Science practitioner is heard of God, and may be just as effectual when the practitioner is absent from the patient as when present.

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June 10, 1911

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