A correspondent, in your issue of June 11, made several...


A correspondent, in your issue of June 11, made several statements which indicate a lack of understanding regarding the teachings of Christian Science. In reference to the subject of a recent Lesson-Sermon entitled "Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced," your correspondent contended that there is no relationship between necromancy and the two "isms," mesmerism and hypnotism.

"Christian Science explains all cause and effect as mental, not physical" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 114). The relationship between necromancy and hypnotism or mesmerism must, therefore, be explained from that viewpoint, according to Christian Science. Necromancy was denounced by Moses in the thirteenth chapter of Deuteronomy as contrary to the laws of God, therefore a deception; the basis of operation being that of stimulating through suggestion the imagination of the subject ("a pretense of talking to the dead").

"Thy will be done"
September 14, 1929

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