The Washington Post Magazine of Sunday contains...


The Washington Post Magazine of Sunday contains an article entitled "With Magnets and Hand-Waving, Mesmer Drew Out Hysterical Ills," in which it is stated of Franz Anton Mesmer that he was "the ancestor (in certain ways) of everything from theosophy to spiritualism, from Christian Science to Freudian and Adlerian psychotherapy."

I should like to correct any erroneous impression that might be gained from this statement with reference to Christian Science. Christian Science was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866. This unfoldment came to her as the result of many years of careful, prayerful search for the method of healing used by Christ Jesus. She consistently and firmly opposed the use of mesmerism, or animal magnetism, as a healing agent. This is plainly evident from the fact that one of the chapters in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," is entitled "Animal Magnetism Unmasked."

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science declares repeatedly in her writings that Christian Science is founded on the Bible. On page 126 of Science and Health she says: "I have found nothing in ancient or in modernsystems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

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April 27, 1935

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