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The kindly attitude towards Mary Baker Eddy that...


The kindly attitude towards Mary Baker Eddy that was shown by an item reprinted in your issue of July 15 is appreciated. However, I regret the ambiguity of the statement therein that "Christian Science ... has thousands of positive examples of the power of mind in curing many ailments." As worded, the statement may have given your readers a wrong impression of this religion.

In Christian Science, cures are not accomplished by the human mind but by utilizing the law of divine Mind. Mrs. Eddy makes a clear distinction between divine Mind and the human mind. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 219) she says that "divine Mind heals," and (p. 185) that Christian Science "excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing work." Christ Jesus employed his understanding of the divine Mind in healing sickness, sin, and other discordant conditions; that is, he utilized spiritually mental means. Christian Science follows the Master's method.

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