It may be inferred from reading the editorial which appeared...

Provo Daily Herald

It may be inferred from reading the editorial which appeared in a recent issue of your paper that psychotherapy, psychopathology, psychoanalogy, sociology, and the many other systems claiming to heal through a theory of the power of "mind over matter," are offshoots of Christian Science. Such systems are in no way offshoots of, or even similar to, Christian Science. The one and only Principle of Christian Science healing is explained in the following words, found on page 468 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." Thus it will be learned that Christian Science recognizes only the divine Mind, God, as that which is real, and as the one infinite power. No other known system of healing operates wholly through divine Mind, but all are based on human suggestion or will-power. Doctrines and practices based wholly on matter could not be considered offshoots of Christian Science, which is based upon Spirit. "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"

When stating that Dr. Edward S. Cowles, who has just been appointed to the Episcopal Church Commission on the Ministry of Healing, is to establish a psychomedical hospital in New York city, Christian Science was included in the list together with the above-mentioned systems and with every other denomination of healers, as having a ward where the doctors would send patients who failed to respond to their treatment. Christian Science has never collaborated or joined forces with any other denomination for the purpose of demonstrating its healing mission; nor will it ever do so. Christian Scientists recognize God's omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence as their sufficient guide and counselor. Any compromise or amalgamation resulting in the operation of such an institution will, therefore, not include Christian Science.

December 2, 1922

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