An understanding of Christian Science is not attainable by...

Tillamook (Ore.) Herald

An understanding of Christian Science is not attainable by a "two weeks" study of the subject; neither can so vast a theme be elucidated in a single article. The only possible way to obtain an understanding of Christian Science is through the study of its text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, which may be had at any Christian Science reading-room and at most public libraries. The book should be thoroughly studied with an honest and open mind, and its teachings faithfully applied. In this way alone can Christian Science be understood.

The writer of this article, himself a minister for about eight years in the same denomination as our critic, pursued just such an investigation of Christian Science. After four years of earnest but fruitless efforts to gain health through materia medica, physical culture, the practice of autosuggestion, and prayer as he then understood it, he began the investigation of Christian Science. This investigation was thorough and critical. Everything available on the subject of Christian Science was thoughtfully read. Having made a careful study of suggestive therapeutics prior to his investigation of Christian Science, he felt quite certain, until he had become familiar with the teachings of Christian Science, that the healing was accomplished by means of mental suggestion, but that Christian Scientists themselves were unaware of it.

After three or four years of earnest investigation, the writer became thoroughly convinced that Christian Science is in perfect accord with the Scriptures and is indeed the religion of the Bible, and that the healings in Christian Science are the result of prayer. Of this healing prayer Mrs. Eddy says, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love" (Science and Health, p. 1). In view of this fact it is quite apparent that a right understanding of God can no more be considered mental suggestion than a right understanding of the principle of mathematics could be so considered.

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October 9, 1915

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