In these days of enlightenment it is somewhat surprising...

The Commercial Appeal

In these days of enlightenment it is somewhat surprising to read a report of an address delivered by the president of such a dignified body as the Tennessee State Medical Association, in which he indulges in misstatements regarding Christian Science which are no less intemperate because ignorant rather than intentional. The ordinary newspaper article does not afford sufficient space in which to answer the zealous doctor's diatribe, item by item, and indeed much of it requires no answer before an intelligent public.

For the sake of accuracy, however, permit me to say that there is no mystery in Christian Science, unless it be the "mystery of godliness," which is always strange to the mind trained in purely material modes and methods. To the man who lives in a circumscribed world, or who specializes along some narrow line of thinking, everything beyond and above what he knows—or thinks he knows—is dark and and mysterious. Christian Science is an open book that may be read of all, and it is the natural foe of ignorance in every department of life, including medicine. Mental suggestion has absolutely nothing to do with the operation of Christian Science and they are polar opposites. Even the slightest hint of hypnotic influence is exposed as something to be especially guarded against, and no Christian Scientists could or would attempt to employ it for any purpose whatever.

The Test
June 27, 1914

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