Binding the Strong Man

It is hoped that the threat of annihilation through nuclear warfare is becoming less likely year after year. There is a threat, however, that we should not allow ourselves to underestimate. It is that, without recognizing what is taking place, people will be led to adopt a mode of social and economic life that would subject them to a wholly materialistic sense of existence in which morals and ethics become merely a matter of expediency.

In times of perplexity and danger there is often a tendency either to ignore the particular errors that must be dealt with or to expose them dramatically. But what is the basic error that must be overcome? And how is it to be dealt with?

In Christian Science the term used to designate the basic error is animal magnetism. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 103): "As named in Christian Science, animal magnetism or hypnotism is the specific term for error, or mortal mind. It is the false belief that mind is in matter, and is both evil and good; that evil is as real as good and more powerful. This belief has not one quality of Truth."

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Overcoming Subversion
January 4, 1964

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