In a recent issue a professor is reported as saying that...


In a recent issue a professor is reported as saying that he "has much respect for Christian Science as a form of suggestion." In view of the fact that this statement conveys an entirely erroneous impression regarding the teachings of Christian Science I trust you will allow me to correct it. Suggestion, as M. Coué, its most prominent exponent, admitted to a Scotsman representative when he was in Edinburgh in the autumn of 1922, is fundamentally the same as hypnotism. Now a great many members of so-called orthodox Christian churches agree that Christian Science has brought to light a phase of Jesus' teaching which had been lost sight of. As a matter of fact, that was the principal reason for the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Committee on Spiritual Healing, which has recently reported. If, then, the professor is right in supposing that Christian Science healing is done by means of suggestion, a great body of members of the Christian churches to-day, including the Archbishop's committee, must suppose that the healing works done by Jesus were the result of suggestion. Is such a supposition tenable for a moment? It cannot be! Paul was right when he said, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." That was the reflection of the divine Mind, God. The fact is, suggestion, mesmerism, animal magnetism, hypnotism, are all from one source; they are essential characteristics of that mentality which Paul denounced in the words, "The carnal mind is enmity against God."

In I John Christians learn that "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." This light is the light of the divine Mind, the Mind by means of which Christian healing is done, and which is as far removed from suggestion, animal magnetism, mesmerism, or hypnotism as good is from evil.

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