There appeared in the Gleaner of recent date some extracts...

Daily Gleaner

There appeared in the Gleaner of recent date some extracts from a diocesan letter by the Bishop of Bradford on the subject of spiritual healing. The bishop is reported as making a distinction between spiritual healing and the healing that is being accomplished by Christian Science. Since spiritual healing and Christian Science. Since spiritual healing and Christian Science are identical, I ask the courtesy of your column for the following remarks. The spiritual nature of Christian Science healing is indicated in the following sentence from the opening chapter of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 1): "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love."

This sentence is also in perfect harmony with our reverend friend's plea that what the church needs, to regain its proper place in the healing ministry, is a "closer study of the power of prayer and a more confident practice in prayer." Christian Science has gained its strong hold not only on this continent but in England and other countries because it is meeting the physical, moral, and mental needs of humanity through a purely Christian method of prayer; and we are in perfect agreement with the bishop's observation that unless "the church has something better, something truer, to offer than Christian Science it will fulminate against Christian Science in vain."

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