Letters to the Press

From Christian Science Committees on Publication

The Vista Press

The Vista Press Vista, California

I read with interest your recent feature article about historic Indian medical practices and their relevance to some contemporary methods of healing.

The instructor's description of the Navajo's traditional medicinal system having the principle of mind over matter [which he also attributes to] the Christian Science religion is quite misleading. Christian Science is a redemptive religion based on the teachings of Christ Jesus. It insists that healing comes through the Christian activity of rebirth—putting on the "new man," as St. Paul puts it; that healing is a natural result of the power of divine Mind, or God, acting upon mortal thought.

Christian Science firmly rejects the ritualistic and mystical qualities so characteristic of traditional Indian medicine, and is not a party to the psychiatric theory of mind over matter.

It would be greatly appreciated if your readers could be given the benefit of this correction.

Robert C. Peacock
Committee on Publication

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November 7, 1977

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