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quack who could enforce his will on the patient.
Every text-book of Psychology is a guide-book to
this way of healing.

Last, come the disastrous cases of the failure,
and worse than failure, of Christian Science. They
speak for themselves, and I shall say no more of
them. If I, in a few weeks, collected such a list,
there must be thousands of similar cases awaiting

Of this we may be sure, that, as we are intended
to live, so we are intended to die : for which purpose.
Nature provides injuries and diseases. A man may
doubt whether he ought to have been born : he cannot
doubt that he ought, sooner or later, to be dead.
"If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come,
it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come : the
readiness is all." He would like to live longer than
Hamlet, but not so long as Lear —

Oh, let him pass. He hates him,
That would upon the rack of this tough world
Stretch him out longer. He is gone indeed.
The wonder is, he hath endured so long:
He but usurped his life.

Shakspeare recalls Juvenal : —

Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
Fortem posce animum, mortis terrore carentem,


Qui spatium vitae extremum inter munera ponat
Naturae —

Juvenal recalls other poets : —

What I call God,
And fools call Nature —

All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee:

All chance, direction, that thou canst not see.

Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.

Thou madest Life in man and brute:
Thou madest Death —

So full of quotations is mortal mind. It is pleas-
ant, to be able to catch sight of them, down the
old side-streets of memory, as I stand on this ugly
new road of Christian Science, which goes from
nowhere to nowhere.

Authority bears witness, that the God of things
as they are is the God of us as we are. The reality
of our mortal plane is His reality; and, if mortal
mind be an illusion, so is He. To deny the reality
of evil and sin, pain and death, is to deny Him.
They are real, for they are in us, who are real, for
we are in Him. But see once more, by the charges
here made against her, — and I wish that I had done
it better — how Christian Science tries to wreck these
old facts, like a witch sailing cracked egg-shells to
sink real ships.

Chapter I. — She is ignorant of the first principles


of Philosophy, and makes use of long words without
apprehension of their meaning. She imagines that
the reality of God excludes, whereas it includes, the
reality of the material world. Chapter II. — She
cannot square her sham neo-Platonism with Chris-
tianity, yet must hang on, somehow, to Christianity,
that she may be able to work miracles. Therefore
she picks all the pleasure out of Christianity, and
leaves all the pain; and offers to us a mere burlesque
of the Christian Faith. Here, the Passion gives her
the lie direct : and she gives it back. Chapter III.
— By her gross doctrine that God is Life, and Life
is God, which she cannot reconcile with the Christian
Faith, yet cannot afford to renounce that Faith,
she is landed in this absurdity, that she leaves all
creatures but us out of her account of Creation.
Chapter IF, — She denies the reality of injuries and
diseases, affirming that they are errors of mortal mind :
whereas, they belong to life, and therefore are real.
Also, the action of drugs is real, because it is a re-
lation between two objects, and all relations are
real. Chapter V. — She denies the reality of pain :
whereas, pain is an act of life, and therefore is real.
Also, she practically ignores the difference between
pain and disease, and the difference between " func-
tional" diseases and "organic" diseases. Chapter
VI. — She heals many "functional" cases. Chap-
ter VII. — Her testimonials are mostly worthless.
She evades investigation: and her claim that she


heals "organic" diseases is false. It would be dread-
ful if she were let loose in a hospital; for she inflicts
misery, pain, death, on a vast number of people.
Chapter VIII. — Judged by Common-sense, she is
unscrupulous, uncharitable, cruel to small children.
She has this merit, that she preaches Quietism; but
her style of preaching is intolerable. They whom
she heals, by the old way, the use of suggestion, are
healed not by her but by themselves. —

What place will she hold, a quarter of a century
hence, in London, the one city at whose mortal
mind I can make a guess ? Heaven be praised, I
believe that she will hold none, or next to none:
that her churches will be given to the nobler pur-
poses of music, with lectures twice a week on Mental
Hygiene; that her name will be written, her story
told, not in lives, but in books of reference, thus:
Christian Science {See Science^ Christian^


In the following notes, as elsewhere, S. & H. indicates
in each case a reference to Science and Health, by Mary
Baker G. Eddy, taken from an edition printed in 1903,
Joseph Armstrong, Boston. Where her other books have
been quoted, they are referred to by name.


* P. 7. S. & H., p. 267.
2 P. 7. S. &H., p. 112.

'P. 8. S. & H., p. 113; see also Rudimental Divine
Science, by Mary Baker G. Eddy, 23d ed., p. 11.

' P. 8. S. & H., p. 468.

^ P. 8. S. & H., p. 90; see also the article "Mind is
substance" on p. 90; and "Soul I denominated substance,
because Soul alone is truly substantial." Retrospection and
Introspection, by Mary Baker G. Eddy, Armstrong, Boston,
1906, p. 40.

• P. 8. S. & H., p. 93.

' P. 10. S. & H., p. 71.

■ P. 10. S. & H., p. 72; see also the article, "Evil nega-
tive and self-destructive," p. 186.

" P. II. S. & H., p. 286; see also the following articles:
"Sickness as only thought," p. 208; "Superiority to sick-
ness and sin," p. 231; "The supposed necessity for sin,
disease, and death," p. 253; and on "Wickedness is not
man," pp. 289 and fF.



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p. 476 ; see the whole answer to "What

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see also


right interpre-

tation of the Universe," p. 124.

" P. 16. S. & H., p. 293.

" P. 17. S. & H., p. 274.

^^ P. 18. S. & H., p. 171; see also the following para-
graphs on the "fundamental error" of "godless evolution."

'' p. 18.


& H., p. 189.

^ p. 18.


& H., p, 423.

-p. 19.

See Miscellaneous Writings, p. 286.

^ p. 20.


& H., p. 69.

^ P. 20.


& H. (ed. 1875); see pp. 64, 65, 122

Chapter Vl


^ P. 20.


& H. (ed. 1881), ii. 160.

" P. 20.


& H. (ed. 1888), pp. 152, 162.

2« P. 20.


& H. (ed. 1898), pp. 33, 541.

^» P. 20.


& H. (ed. 1903), pp. 68, 69, 548.

«« P. 22.


& H., p. 192.

«^ P. 22.


& H., p. 74; see also pp. 92, 185, 397,

^ P. 23.


& H., p. 198, 199; see also p. 160.

"P. 23.


& H., p. 187.

" P. 23.


& H., p. 220.

^ P. 24.


& H., p. 246.

" P. 24.


& H., p. 194.


"P. 24.

S. & H., p. 469.

«« p. 25.

S. & H., p. 489.

"P. 25.

S. & H., p. 78.

«p. 26.

S. & H., p. 492.

« p. 27.

Retrospection and Introspection, p. 36, ed. cited.

« p. 27.

ih., p. 48.


' P. 30. S. & H., p. 256.

2 P. 30. S. & H., p. 134.

« P. 30. S. & H., p. 23.

* P. 30. S. & H., p. 29.

^ P. 31. S. & H., p. 315; see also pp. 170, 312, and
Christian Healing, 17th ed., p. 4.

"P. 31. S. & H., p. 27; see also p. 47.

^ P. 31. S. & H., p. 75; see also p. 329.

»P. 31. S. &H., p. 44.

»P. 31. S. &H., p. 55.

^® P. 32. Retrospection and Introspection, pp. 95, 96; see
also ib. p. 47 and S. & H., (ed. 1898), p. 557.

" P. 33. From Harvest, by Mary Baker G. Eddy; see
the Literary Digest, Dec. 1906.

'' P. 33. S. & H., p. 334.

^ P. 33. See S. & H., Chapter I, especially pp. 7 and 15.
This contempt for "audible prayer" is part of the general
contempt which Christian Science has for the Christian
Church. See S. & H. (ed. 1898), p. 316. And again, S.
& H., p. 142, and so on.

" P. 33. S. & H., p. 12. Christian Healing, pp. 5, 8.


*® P. 34. S. & H., p. 312; see also pp. 12, 13.

" P. 34. S. & H., p. 16.

*^ P. 35. See the four pages, S. & H., 31-35, for her
treatment of the sacrament and the "spiritual Eucharist."

^® P. 36. Christian Healing, p. 9.

^^ P. 36. "Not the spear, nor the material cross wrung
from his faithful lips the plaintive cry: Eloiy Eloi, lama
sabachthani? It was the possible loss of something more
important than human life which moved him, — the possible
misapprehension of the subHmest influence of his career.'*
— S. &H., p. 50.


* P. 41. S. & H., p. 261.
2 P. 41. S. & H., p. 332.

' P. 46. "The Scripture gave no direct interpretation of
the Scientific basis for demonstrating the Spiritual Principle
of HeaHng, until our Heavenly Father saw fit, through
the Key to the Scriptures, in Science and Health to unlock
this 'mystery of Godliness.'" — Retrospection and Introspec'
tiony p. 55, ed. cited.

^P. 46. S. &H., p. 578.

« P. 47. S. & H., p. 579.

• P. 47. S. & H., p. 35.

^P. 48. See S. & H., pp. 511, 512; also the succeeding
pages including the description of the qualities of these
thoughts which are spiritual realities. (Moral courage is
the lion, free and fearless; diligence, promptness, and per-
severance are like "the cattle on a thousand hills," which
"carry the baggage of stern resolve," and so on.)


» P. 49- S. & H., p. 514.

"To sense, the lion of to-day, is the lion of six thou-
sand years ago; but in Science, Spirit sends forth its own
harmless likeness." — Rudimental Divine Science^ by Mrs.
Eddy, 23d ed., p. 17.


* P. 64. See Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary
Baker Eddy, ed. cited, pp. 17-22, also p. 50.

^ P. 65. Retrospection and Introspection, ed. cited, p. 104.
^ P. 65. Rudimental Divine Science, by Mrs. Eddy, ed.
cited, p. 221.

* P. 68. S. & H. (ed. 1906), Chapter VIIL
"^ P. 68. S. & H., p. 174.

•P. 68. S. & H., pp. 382, 383 (ed. 1906); see also
p. 197.

^ P. 68. S. & H., p. 161; see also p. 198. In the ed.
of 1898, see p. 381.

« P. 69. See S. & H., pp. 157, 158.

® P. 70. For the passage from which quotations are
made see S. & H., pp. 401, 402. See also pp. 161, 162 (in-
cluding a statement of the kinds of cures which the author
of Science and Health claims to have performed) ; S. & H.
(ed. 1898), p. 476, and (ed. 1887) p. 297; also the book
by Lyman Powell, cited above, p. 172. See also the story
of a little girl, who having wounded her finger badly seemed
not to notice it, S. & H., p. 237, and the paragraph "acci-
dents unknown to God," p. 424.

^° P. 70. See the explanation in full, quoted by Mr.
Lyman Powell, in the book cited above from W. H. Mul-


doon's criticism of Christian Science, Brooklyn Eagle
Library, 1901.

" P. 70. For the theory of Christian Science that death
is an "illusion," the "consequent of an antecedent false
assumption," see S. & H., pp. 427, 428, and so on.

" P. 72. S. & H., p. 220.

" P. 72. S. & H., p. 179.

" P. "j"^. S. & H., p. 413, and the preceding pages.

^^ P. 74. S. & H., pp. 374, 375. For further illustra-
tions of the theory of inflammation in Christian Science,
see also S. & H., pp. 175, 378, 385.

" P. 74. For Christian Science teaching as to boils, see
S. & H., p. 153.

" P. 75. see S. & H., pp. 412, 424, 425.

" P. ^s. S. & H., pp. 153, 154.

"P. 76. S.& H., pp. 177, 178.

2«P. 77. S. &H., p. 178.


*P. 81. S. &H., p. 113.

2 P. 83. S. &H., p. 413.

' P. 83. Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 300, 30 1.

* P. 86. "My first discovery in the student's practice
was this. If he silently called the disease by name, when
he argued against it, as a general rule the body would re-
spond more quickly — just as a person replies more readily
when his name is spoken; but this is because the student
is not perfectly attuned to divine Science and needs the
arguments of truth for reminders." — S. & H., p. 411.
P. 87. S. & H., pp. 176, 177.



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