Will you kindly allow me to comment on some of the...

Cambridge Daily News

Will you kindly allow me to comment on some of the interesting but rather startling assertions reported in your columns last night from the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury?

One clergyman declares that "it does not matter what the faith of a person is for mental healing." In illustration of his point he goes on to say that he does not "suppose there is any faith healing which has been so successful as Christian Science," which, according to him, teaches that "matter and body do not exist."

This statement may be true with regard to "mental healing," so called, in which are included psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and suggestive treatment of every kind. It may be true of medical practice in general, where faith in the doctor and his remedies is a commonly admitted aid to their efficacy, but most emphatically it is not the faith alluded to by James, who tells us that "the prayer of faith shall save the sick," nor is it the power operative in Christian Science.

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May 2, 1931

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