From Letters, Substantially as Published

In yesterday's Hong Kong Daily Press, under the heading...

Hong Kong Daily Press

In yesterday's Hong Kong Daily Press, under the heading of "The Sick Mind," there was an interesting report of a recent address by a doctor. Will you kindly grant me brief space to correct some misstatements about Christian Science which occurred in the address. The speaker is reported to have said that Christian Science owed its growth "to the materialistic attitude of prewar medicine" and that Christian Science utilizes suggestion.

While it may be correct to say that Christian Science has gained adherents on account of the former attitude of medicine, the real reason for the advance of the Christian Science movement is the fact that it is restoring "primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17), and its meeting human needs in a practical way. What is known as suggestion, having for its source the human mind, does not enter into the practice of Christian Science, which employs the divine Mind or the purely spiritual healing methods of Christ Jesus, as illustrated in the Holy Scriptures.

On page x of the Preface to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes that the human mind "is not a factor in the Principle of Christian Science."

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January 19, 1935

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