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Kindly permit me to correct an erroneous reference to Christian Science which appeared in the Magazine Section of your issue of June 30, 1935, and which has just been brought to my attention. The reference in question was in a book review, and, in his analysis of the general ideas covered by this book, the reviewer enumerates "faith healing, a consideration of the therapeutic power of the imagination, or what is commonly referred to as Christian Science."

Christian Science healing may be called faith healing, in the sense that one should have faith in God's willingness and ability to heal, but this is not a blind faith in an unknown Deity.

The practice of Christian Science requires a demonstrable, intelligent understanding of spiritual law and its application to human problems, such as was taught and practiced by Christ Jesus and his disciples. The Christian church does not consider his healing works the result of "the therapeutic power of the imagination," for many of the healings recorded in the Gospels were accompanied by the complete moral and spiritual regeneration of the patient. This is likewise true of Christian Science healing today.

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