In an article in your issue of November 14, reporting exercises...


In an article in your issue of November 14, reporting exercises held in an Episcopal church, you mistakenly associate the practices described with the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

Christian Scientists do not resort to darkened churches, physical relaxation, or mental rest cure, in treating the sick. These are but variations of the time-honored methods of material medicine or of mental suggestion. The method of Christian Science is entirely spiritual.

It is commonly recognized that the five physical senses are incapable of perceiving or expressing perfection. Therefore they cannot define man who, as the Scripture informs us, was made in the image and likeness of God, Spirit. It follows that the evidence of the physical senses has to be denied, or excluded, before man's true spiritual nature can become apparent. This can be accomplished only through a better understanding of God's allness, an understanding which carries with it a corresponding loss of faith in the power of anything so unlike God's nature or purpose as sickness or materiality. Christian Science healing results from upbuilding the individual spiritual and moral consciousness. Its animus may be discerned from the following from Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 406): "Sin and sickness will abate and seem less real as we approach the scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and all that is unlike the true likeness disappears. The moral man has no fear that he will commit a murder, and he should be as fearless on the question of disease."

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