Your correspondent is perfectly correct when he says...

Bradford (England) Argus

Your correspondent is perfectly correct when he says that the power of the will, or, as he expresses it, of mind over matter, was known thousands of years before the Science of Christianity was discovered. But just here comes in some confusion of thought. He evidently thinks that Christian Science has something to do with will-power, for, he continues, "to say mind over matter would cure cancer, fever, and smallpox, is a delusion of mortal mind." It is evident our critic here refers to the impossibility of will-power's accomplishing the above cures. Of course he is right; it could not.

Christian Science has, however, no dealings whatever with will-power, hypnotism, suggestion, and its many aliases. The only power used in Christian Science is the spiritual understanding of God and man's intact and scientific relationship to Him. Hypnotism and the like all claim to operate through the ascendency of one mortal mind over another. This is the very antithesis of the Christianly scientific method. The accusation that Christian Science casts out evils through the operation of the carnal mind, which Paul declared to be "enmity against God," is no new thing. Jesus was accused by the scribes and Pharisees of casting out devils by Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. Jesus completely refuted this accusation in these words: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. ... If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelze-bub." "But if I,'' he continued, "with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

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