"On the editorial page of an issue of recent date..."


On the editorial page of an issue of recent date, in the column “How to Keep Well,” there was mention made of Mrs. Eddy which is misleading. It is clear that the writer refers to Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and author of its textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” The article discussed the possible relation of phosphorous radiation and animal magnetism, and said: “Quimby was a strong believer in animal magnetism. Mrs. Eddy did not believe in it, she said; but what she wrote about it always had a flavor of a defense reaction.” I am not at all interested in the general discussion, but obviously this is an attempt to convey the impression that Mrs. Eddy was not wholly sincere and consistent in her repudiation of animal magnetism as a curative agent. The implication is plain that the healing method of Christian Science is only a phase of animal magnetism. Any one who is really familiar with her teaching and with its world-wide application in Christian healing knows beyond all question that what is called animal magnetism is regarded as the polar opposite of Christian Science, impossible of amalgamation with it, and indicative of utterly erroneous mentality. In Christian Science all power, all presence, all true consciousness, are ascribed to the divine Mind, called God. This is the Mind which accomplishes spiritual healing. To possess this Mind is the steadfast endeavor of Christian Scientists, in obedience to the Scriptural injunction, “'Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

January 24, 1925

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