Adverting to a review in a recent issue of News of the Week,...

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Adverting to a review in a recent issue of News of the Week, in the course of which reference was incidentally made to the Christian Science religion as characterized in large degree by an exaltation of thought produced by mental concentration and resulting in a form of autohypnosis, David Anderson writes:—

The teachings of Christian Science inculcate that exalted thought which is a true apprehension of God and of the universe He created; a right understanding of God as infinite, omnipotent Spirit, and of man, made in God's image and likeness, as spiritual and inseparable from his creator. These teachings also make it clear that the state of exaltation which arises from a consciousness of the spiritual facts of being is neither consequent on nor maintained by any form of sense-concentration. Suggestion or belief is no part of Christian Science; and mesmerism or hypnotism, whether induced consciously or unconsciously, is repudiated and condemned in the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

It may be added that the mental state which tends to the reception of Christian Science is indicated by Mrs. Eddy in the following sentence from page 323 of that work: "When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates toward Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin."

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