"Cast out fashionable lunacy"

The phrase used in the title appears in one of four directives written by Mrs. Eddy to members of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. In full the sentence reads: "Heal the sick, make spotless the blemished, raise the living dead, cast out fashionable lunacy." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 192; The last words are so thought-arresting that we do well to examine how pertinent they are to our times and ourselves.

One dictionary definition of the word "fashionable" is, "Merely echoing or imitating thoughtlessly or irresponsibly a contemporary fashion rather than acting responsibly or with a full awareness of essential issues." Definitions of the word "lunacy" include: "Wild foolishness, extravagant folly," as well as "absurdity, stupidity."

Testimonies—Inspired Communications
November 28, 1970

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