An Associated Press dispatch from Cincinnati, in your recent issue,...

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An Associated Press dispatch from Cincinnati, in your recent issue, is of unnsual interest, at least to Jews and to Christian Scientists, as it reports that "cognizance of the power of mental suggestion to heal some cases of illness was taken for the first time by rabbis attending the thirty-sixth annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis," which adopted a resolution appointing a committee to determine just how far mental healing is compatible with the Jewish religion. In discussing the resolution a distinguished rabbi from a western city is reported to have said, "I believe Judaism can learn a lot from Christian Science. ..." As the discussion involved Christian Science, possibly it would be helpful to distinguish between the terms "mental suggestion" and "mental healing," which have been interchangeably used in the dispatch. Mental suggestion, which is the opposite of the method of mental healing, as Christian Science employs the latter term, attempts to recover and preserve health through will power and through mentally inducing the so-called human mind to believe that the body is well instead of sick. Manifestly, this system would not necessarily entail moral regeneration and might be employed with equal success by a theist or an atheist, while the mental healing employed by Christian Science is based on the theology of Christ Jesus, who clearly teaches that the healing of all discord, whether physical or mental, is incidental to obedience to God's law, and therefore, to obedience to the Ten Commandments and adherence to the spirit of the Beatitudes.

February 20, 1926
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