I have read with interest the "Talk on Health" in your...

Wisbech Standard

I have read with interest the "Talk on Health" in your recent issue. The writer, with praiseworthy candor, reminds us of the "curative power of nature," and tells us that the doctor's part is "to place the patient in as favorable a position as possible to allow nature to perform the cure. Nature does the work." This statement suggests the questions, What is nature? Is it always a beneficent power? What is its relation to God? Does it express His character? Our friend the doctor proceeds to tell us that most extravagant claims are made for methods of treatment which have no curative value at all, and among the votaries of such methods he includes the Christian Scientist, who sits up reading Mrs. Eddy's writings. He frankly admits, however, that this student gets his healing: "Sure enough, there is no getting away from it, Mrs. Eddy does look after her disciples."

It may be worth while to ask what it is that Mrs. Eddy does for her readers. Does she claim for her book some supernatural healing agency? She makes no such claim; but her book does give an answer to the questions we have raised. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 119) we read, "In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in matter." The assurance that God is always on the side of man—that His law is invariably the law of life and health and harmony—quiets fear, solves doubts in the mind of the and so enables him to be receptive to the only curative and creative power, God, divine Love, the power revealed to mankind in the life and works of our Master. "It was this theology of Jesus which healed the sick and the sinning. It is his theology in this book and the spiritual meaning of this theology, which heals the sick and causes the wicked to 'forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts'" (Science and Health, pp. 138, 139).

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February 4, 1928

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