A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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at least of its work fully deserves to stand side by side with His/ Close to the remarkable words attributed to Jesus, ' I came that ye might have life and that ye might have it abundantly ', there stands on the east wall of the Christian Science Church in St. Giles, Oxford, a notable saying of Mary Baker Eddy, ' Divine love has met and always will meet human need \ But the negation of the body and the physical world which Mrs. Eddy taught is but the substitution of an illusion for reality.
The terms of Mrs. Eddy's denial of the existence of matter and the way in which she explains away the diseases of the body as the conceptions of the mortal mind suggest the visionary whose natural home is in the spirit world and who, returning from her Seventh Heaven without having seen body and matter there, tells us that these things are therefore unreal. It would all be strongly reminiscent of the Book of Revelation, were it not that St. John makes a clear distinction between the place in which there are no tears and no weeping, to which we hope to attain in the life to come, and the vale of woes in which we spend our time. Would the same distinction be adopted in a revised version of Science and Health ?
It may have been as a counterblast to Christian Science that there arose in America in 1905 what has become known as the Emmanuel Movement, a sort of alliance between the medical and clerical bodies which rather surprised some people who unkindly explained it as a defensive alliance against the common foe. Its purpose was to obtain collaboration between doctors and clergymen in the healing of the sick. The idea was that the medical men should diagnose the cases and prescribe for the physical needs, and then hand them over to the clergy who would take care of the ethical and religious side. This movement is now dissolved, however, the