A speaker who recently addressed a group of students in...

Daily Iowan

A speaker who recently addressed a group of students in the State University of Iowa was reported in the Daily Iowan of June 7 to have said of Christian Science, and various other methods of healing which he discussed, that "their greatest assets" were "credulity and the power of suggestion." To correct for your readers the very erroneous impression of Christian Science his comment conveyed, I will appreciate space in your paper briefly to state what comprises Christian Science healing.

Referring to physical healing as found in Christian Science, Mrs. Eddy says on page xi of the Preface to her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," that it "results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle." Here as in many other places in her writings, Mrs. Eddy uses the word "Principle" as a synonym for God, whom she also refers to as divine "Mind." In the above quotation the word "Principle" has the meaning of the word "Mind," as in Paul's exhortation, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

Now, it is universally agreed among all Christian that the "Mind" which actuated Christ Jesus was not the so-called human or mortal mind, but rather the infinite divine Mind, or God, whose will the Saviour always obeyed. And just as that Mind enabled Jesus to heal those who sought his ministration, so its healing efficacy continues through Christian Science as a result of correct understanding of God, and, as the Master himself declared, should be experienced by his followers. From this it is clear, then, that neither "suggestion," "credulity," nor any other action of the human mind enters into the practice of Christian Science, which is a reinstatement of the teachings and works of Christ Jesus. Every vagary of the human mentality is entirely eliminated as a factor in Christian Science healing—a healing which is wholly a demonstration of the divine Mind, God, "who," as the Scriptures declare, "healeth all thy diseases."

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