A recent issue of your paper carried an Associated Press...

Morning Republican

A recent issue of your paper carried an Associated Press dispatch which reported the conference of American rabbis at Cincinnati as having taken cognizance "of the power of mental suggestion to heal," and a member was quoted as saying that "Judaism can learn a lot from Christian Science." Coupling Christian Science with mental suggestion may be misleading to some. May I therefore point out that Christian Science relies entirely on the power and presence of God to heal? Mental suggestion is quite another thing, as every one instructed in Christian Science knows; for mental suggestion depends wholly on the human mind as opposed to the divine. A Christian Scientist never knowingly attempts to influence another by any form of suggestion. He deals with facts. As light dispels darkness, so the truth he presents to the thought of one suffering from disease removes fear and anxiety, and a return to normal and healthful conditions takes place.

Mesmerism, hypnotism, mental suggestion, are alike disavowed by Christian Science; and their use is without exception considered dangerous and unchristian. On this subject Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says: "The currents of God flow through no such channels" (Message to The Mother Church for 1901, p. 19).

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