"THE SHOUT OF A KING IS AMONG THEM"

A thought-provoking title for one of the Lesson-Sermons appearing twice yearly in the Christian Science Quarterly is "Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced." If any inquirer is in doubt as to the teachings of Christian Science on the question of the mesmeric action of the carnal mind, here is his answer. Mesmerism and hypnotism are denounced. Healing in Christian Science is, therefore, not even remotely connected with mental suggestion or any phase of hypnosis.

Hypnos, in Greek mythology, was the god of sleep, and our English words "hypnotism" and "hypnosis" convey the thought of putting to sleep, or inducing a mental state resembling normal sleep. But the mission of Christian Science is to awaken thought, and not to lull into mesmeric slumber. In fact, the prophet Isaiah sets forth the challenging message of this new-old truth in these ringing words: "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion.... Shake thyself from the dust;... loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion" (Isa. 52:1, 2).

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THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
November 27, 1948
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