In a recent syndicated article in your paper by a doctor...


In a recent syndicated article in your paper by a doctor, on the subject of one's secret fear and its bodily effects, this prominent medical representative referred to Christian Science along with Couéism in a way which might convey a wrong impression to the casual reader. Christian Science does not teach, as might be inferred from the article, that there is no such thing in human experience as illness. On the contrary, it recognizes that both sickness and sin are so common in human experience as to be in constant need of healing. But it teaches that this healing is to be effected, not through "compensating" and "balancing" fear, as the critic stated, but rather through the destruction of fear and the belief in the reality of disease.

Regarding the doctor's inference that Christian Science serves merely to furnish an antidote for an imaginary ailment, or to balance one's morbid attitude of fear, allow me to state that by means of the teachings of this religion practically every known form of disease has been permanently healed, verifications of such healings being on file with The Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston. The characteristic feature of such healing is, first, that the thing to be treated is not the human body or physical structure, but the so-called human mind, of which the body is the seeming manifestation; and, secondly, that the healing is accomplished, not through some form of matter or by some material method, but by the activity of God, or the divine Mind, operating in human consciousness. On page 493 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy has written: "Sickness is a belief, which must be annihilated by the divine Mind. Disease in an experience of so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Christian Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes any other sense of moral or mental inharmony."

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