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In a recent issue there appeared a kindly reference to Christian Science which, although correct in itself, is apt to convey a mistaken impression on account of the context in which it appears. The practice of Christian Science is not confined to functional disorders. It still seems so difficult for human thought to realize that the only definite or permanent remedy for a material difficulty is not to be found by applying matter to matter, nor human or material thought to the discords of its own creating, but by turning to the truth of being and applying spiritual or divine law to the problem, in exactly the way the Founder of Christianity taught. While it is not denied that to cease talking and thinking disease is much better than to ruminate upon bodily ailments, to explain that Christian Science takes the mind away from introspection is really a negative statement that does not lead far. Christian Science teaches that whichever way the human will turns "it produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 144).

The paragraph referred to in your recent issue may suggest a similarity between the basis of Coueism and that of Christian Science, but this is incorrect. Mrs. Eddy has written in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 40), "All true healing is governed by, and demonstrated on, the same Principle as theirs [the ancient prophets]; namely, the action of the divine Spirit, through the power of Truth to destroy error, discord of whatever sort."

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