The report of a lecture in a recent issue necessitates some...

Luzerner Tagblatt

The report of a lecture in a recent issue necessitates some explanation, because in one place it gives a wrong impression of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. The report states, "She then occupied herself more closely with the healing of the sick through hypnotic influence, and even if she herself was not able to heal, she instructed for payment other people in this art."

The facts are as follows. At first Mrs. Eddy believed in the methods of P. P. Quimby, a magnetic healer. She came, however, more and more clearly to the recognition that Quimby's manner of treatment and Jesus' spiritual methods contradicted each other. Quimby's method made use of the human will, whereas Jesus relied exclusively on the divine Mind. He said distinctly, "I can of mine own self do nothing," and, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." When Mrs. Eddy had come to this understanding, she healed all manner of sickness. Mary Baker Eddy has written in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (Pref.,p. xi), "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation."

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July 15, 1939

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