Your correspondent writes: "Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy's...


Your correspondent writes: "Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy's weirdly worded 'Philosophy of Life,' is the religious counterpart of the more materialistic autosuggestion." Mrs. Eddy is not the author of any book of the title named. If, however, her work entitled "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is referred to, it certainly has nothing whatever to do with suggestion, auto or otherwise, nor with any of the kindred mental processes of the human will. The author of the textbook of Christian Science is very emphatic on the point. On page 144 she says: "Human will-power is not Science. ... Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism if being." It is a common error to class suggestion with Christian Science. Suggestion, mesmerism, and hypnotism are modern terms for the practice of the ancient exorcists, whose method Jesus condemned. On the other hand, Christian Science relies on the omnipotence of the primal cause of all good,—God. Its only will is God's good will towards men; its only mind, the Mind of Christ.

As regards cures by Christian Science of serious organic diseases, there are many living to-day who have already attested to such cures; and our critic may find, in the authorized Christian Science literature, properly authenticated acknowledgments from grateful persons healed of every named disease. A "rank materialist," as your correspondent describes himself, has of course to change his mental attitude before he can rightly understand or appreciate the spiritual signification of the Scriptures and the healing mission of the Master.

December 20, 1924

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