Certain erroneous conclusions...

Southern Medicine and Surgery

Certain erroneous conclusions are implied in an article in a recent issue of your publications, which associates the name of Mary Baker Eddy with "a sect that denies the very existence of disease."

It is admitted that to material sense, which without discrimination accepts man as wholly mortal, disease appears to be very real. Reasoning from the spiritual standpoint, however, about the creator and His creation, we see that man, made in the image of God, must be as perfect as his Maker. Christian Science teaches just this fact, as we see by consulting the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. In the Gospel of John, Jesus affirms, "God is a Spirit;" and in the first chapter of Genesis we read, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion;" while Mrs. Eddy, the author of Science and Health, succinctly declares (p. 182), "To admit that sickness is a condition over which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless on some occasions."

Medical legislation, designed to bring all under arbitrary restrictions, and to limit the choice of treatment without respect to the convictions of others, must be opposed, for under the provisions of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, equal privileges are vouchsafed to all.

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February 7, 1942

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