A leading article in a late issue, on the women's page,...


A leading article in a late issue, on the women's page, contains a kindly reference to the work of Christian Science in healing the sick, but makes a statement that shows a misapprehension of its healing work. It says, "The Christian Scientist, taking Christ as his pattern, would have depended on personal magnetism and prayer." The practice of Christian Science has nothing in common with personal magnetism, hypnotism, or suggestion. It is the earnest endeavor of every sincere practitioner to eliminate these entirely from his work. Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy says, "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation" (Pref., p. xi). A Christian Scientist would no more expect correctly to heal a case of disease through personal magnetism than a teacher would expect to teach the basic law of mathematics through suggestion.

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