In an article appearing in your paper of February 12...


In an article appearing in your paper of February 12 under the heading, "Urge Medicine and Church to Unite Efforts," reference was made to "the so-called faith healer," which we presume refers to Christian Scientists. Although Christian Science inspires faith in God, good, it cannot be properly classed as faith healing. It is a mistake to think that the Christian Science healer plays "upon the mind, and that ignorantly ... because he completey ignores the body."

Since the famous nerve specialist referred to admits that "there is an inseparable union of the soul and body," and that many diseases are mental, not physical, it seems as if she should draw the conclusion that to treat the mind and not the body is the proper method after all. The Christian Science practitioner can readily diagnose the "fear, worry, anxiety, grief," and similar mental conditions which are the cause of disease, and does not "ignore the body" in his treatment of the sick, because his removal of the mental cause of the sickness naturally frees the body, and he understands that any effort to free the body except through the correction of thought would be striking at effect instead of cause. We contend that healing should come through the church, by its understanding of the power of God, which does not need any cooperation with material methods. The tendency of the times is to drift toward mental or spiritual healing, because the world is gradually awakening to the fact that man is spiritual, not material. Paul said, "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

Let me here quote a few references from Mrs. Eddy's writings which are pertinent. On page 52 of her book "Miscellaneous Writings" she says: "It is difficult to say how much one can do for himself, whose faith is divided between catnip and Christ; but not so difficult to know if he were to serve one master, he could do vastly more. Whosoever understands the power of Spirit, has no doubt of God's power,—even the might of Truth,—to heal, through divine Science, beyond all human means and methods."

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