In a recent issue of your paper, in an article with the...


In a recent issue of your paper, in an article with the caption "What is Faith?" is a story relating the experience of a fourteen-year-old boy, who suffered from a broken leg and called for Christian Science help. The wirter in his comment on the case says, "The Science of this church is based on universally recognized principles; that the mind can control the body, and will-power and faith can bring about certain conditions." For the enlightenment of your readers, may space be granted for a short reply to the statement?

The operation of the human mind and will-power does not enter into the practice of Christian Science. Where Mind is spoken of as the healing agency in Christian Science, it is the divine Mind, not the human, that is referred to. Mrs. Eddy, in speaking of human will-power on page 206 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the textbook of Christian Science, says: "Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of the sentiments—hope, faith, love—is the prayer of the righteous. This prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick."

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