In order that your readers may not be misled by the...

Weekly Scotsman

In order that your readers may not be misled by the "chat" on Christian Science, which appeared in a recent issue of your paper, will you permit me to point out some of the misconceptions on the subject which "Physician" is evidently laboring under? He says Christian Science lays "particular stress on the dual nature of man, his combination of soul and body." This is a profound mistake, since, on page 338 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says: "Christian Science, rightly understood, leads to eternal harmony. It brings to light the only living and true God and man as made in His likeness; whereas the opposite belief—that man originates in matter and has beginning and end, that he is both soul and body, both good and evil, both spiritual and material—terminates in discord and mortality, in the error which must be destroyed by Truth."

Again, "Physician" says that "there is nothing true in Christian Science that is not understood and employed by such various branches of psychotherapy as psychoanalysis, autosuggestion, hypnotism, and so on." But Mrs. Eddy, on page 103 of Science and Health, says: "As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil isas real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth."

In the gospel of John we read: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Christian Science teaches that this passage means not freedom from sin only, but from sin, disease, and death. It is clear, from many of the statements made by "Physician" in the "chat" under review, that he thinks the human mind is the agency in the healing work of Christian Science, whereas this is not so. In Psalms we read: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases." And Jesus said, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." These simple statements from the Bible are fundamentals of primitive Christianity, and they are fundamentals of Christian Science.

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