A short reference to Christian Science appears in the...

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A short reference to Christian Science appears in the story "The Planter of the Tree," in a recent issue. The author of the story has either made a mistake in describing a meeting where Christian Science was discussed, or else she obtained a wrong impression in thinking that the speaker, presumably a Christian Scientist, emphasized the effect of will-power. May I say that Christian Science eschews human will-power. Its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy, states emphatically (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 144): "Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned. Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism." She adds, "Truth, and not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, 'Peace, be still.'"

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