I would be glad of the opportunity to review some recent...

Melbourne (Australia) Herald

I would be glad of the opportunity to review some recent press references to Christian Science which conveyed mistaken views of the subject, inasmuch as it is on just such incorrect views of the subject, inasmuch as it is on just such incorrect representations that many critics base their secondhand opinions. Christian Scientists would not have any sufferer believe that his pain can be assuaged by imagining something concerning it, but that it can be cured by knowing the truth about it. They would not try to persuade any onelegged man that he could hop along with the ease and agility of an unmaimed brother; and Christian Science countenances no such absurd belief. Neither is Christian Science founded on on suggestion as affecting body though mind, nor upon suggestion turned upside down. The process which suggests that thoughts of good and evil, health and sickness, may be impressed with equal ease and with corresponding good or evil effects, is not the mental healing of Christian Science. Christian Science emphatically condemns mental suggestion as a belief in the power and ability of one human mind to govern another. It shows the the dangers of such belief, and how mankind can be freed from the confusion arising therefrom.

Christian Science teaching is founded on the truths that God, good, is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Spirit; that man, made in the image and likeness of Spirit, is spiritual; and there is no statement in Christian Science which is not a logical deduction from these Scriptural truths. The case has been instanced of a sufferer from cancer, reported from New York as having been taken to a hospital for operation after six months' Christian Science treatment, and who was told by the surgeons, "If you had come six months ago, we could have saved your life." If the medical treatment of disease were invariably successful, such an assertion might have been justifiable; but as the nature and origin of cancer are still unknown to the medical profession, their treatment of this disease is entirely experimental; and the doctors' assertion, therefore, was altogether without warrant. But information specially cabled with regard to this case showed that the person referred to had been long under medical treatment before having recourse to Christian Science, and under the latter treatment had been healed of several chronic ailments.

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November 30, 1912

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