While Christian Science is a healing system, it cannot...

Los Angeles (Cal.) Examiner

While Christian Science is a healing system, it cannot be considered a "school of medicine," but only a religious belief. It is defined by the Century dictionary as a "system of religious teaching, based on the Scriptures, which originated with the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy about 1866. Its most notable application is in the professed cure of disease by mental and spiritual means."

For present purposes it may be stated that Christian Science purports to be the reestablishment of the practices of primitive Christianity. It does its healing by virtue of a divine law. Its "treatment" is but a mode of prayer, by which this ever-operative divine law is sought to be applied to the sick and sinful; and this is all a Christian Scientist does, whether for himself or for others. It will readily be seen that the practice of Christian Science is of a distinctly religious character. This being true, statutes passed with a view to the regulation of the practice of "medicine and surgery" cannot be said to apply to Christian Science. (See State vs. Mylod, 20 R. I., 632, 40 Atl., 753.)

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