A recent issue of the Baptist Standard, published at Dallas,...

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A recent issue of the Baptist Standard, published at Dallas, Texas, contained an editorial entitled "Christian Scientists and Healing." The Standard editorial writer, after having made a careful study of "The Psychology of Orthodoxy," a work on suggestion by Edwin L. House, in reviewing the same endorses that author's recommendation that the churches make use of "this long neglected source of power" as a cure for disease. After referring to a chapter entitled The Forces of Suggestion, the editor affirms that "the author is reverent and orthodox in his teaching." In other words, through the official organ of the Baptist church a leader of that denomination urges that his people make use of mental suggestion (previously known as hypnotism) in the healing of disease. This he offers his church as a Christly method of cure for the sick and as an antidote for Christian Science, which latter he asserts heals by means of mental suggestion. We fail to see how, from his standpoint, the critic proposes to antidote that which he conceives to be suggestion by another form of suggestion.

The first misstatement of facts in the above-mentioned editorial is that "Christian Science does its work, not by its false philosophy nor by prayer, but by suggestion." A demonstrable religion is a stage beyond philosophy, which is a theoretical explanation of cause and effect. Christian Science reasons from the one cause and creator, God; hence its conclusions are wholly Scriptural and scientific. In the second place, Christian Science absolutely discountenances the use of suggestion. On page 106 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy one will find: "God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience."

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