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From the November 29, 1958 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Defeatism is a comparatively recent term for the age-old phase of human belief in helplessness and hopelessness, in frustration, failure, and fear, all of which are inexorably associated with materiality, its mutations and mortality. The thought of defeatism is first mentioned in the Bible in connection with what Mary Baker Eddy rightly refers to as the legendary account of creation, wherein man is said to be a creature of dust or nonintelligent matter.