In an editorial in a recent issue of your paper, under...

Manitowoc Times

In an editorial in a recent issue of your paper, under the caption "On Growing Old," the following statement is made about Christian Science: "The Christian Science sect is founded upon the absolute dogma that the mind can control the body—that the will of man is supreme over his physical being; and it is indeed an interesting theory." In order that your reference to Christian Science may be properly understood by your readers, it is necessary to make the distinction between what Paul terms the "carnal mind," which "is enmity against God," and that Mind which Mrs. Eddy terms the "divine Mind," which is God. It is through the operation of divine Mind that righteous control of the body is gained in Christian Science. On page 167 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy is the following with reference to the control of the body: "The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way." It is most emphatically not in accord with the teachings of Christian Science to state that the "will of man is supreme over his physical being." It is the will of the Mind which is God that is supreme, and that must be demonstrated as supreme over one's physical body as well as over every other phase of his life.

May we also submit that Christian Science is not a mere theory, but that it is supported by thousands of well-authenticated cases of healing through its means. It has nothing to do with the theory of mind over matter, but "rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and intelligence" (ibid., p. 185).

December 11, 1926

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