The Illusions of Christian Science, Its Philosophy Rationally Examined; With an Appendix on Swedenborg and the Mental Healers

 
9780217628723: The Illusions of Christian Science, Its Philosophy Rationally Examined; With an Appendix on Swedenborg and the Mental Healers

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. SWEDENBORG AND THE MENTAL HEALERS. Henry M. Craig, M. D., in a magazine article recently published in The New York Times, takes the ground that Christian Science is derived from Swedenborg. He quotes a number of parallel statements taken from Mrs. Eddy's and Swedenborg's writings. On the other hand, Rev. James Henry Wiggins, who for several years was literary aid to Mrs. Eddy, when asked about Mrs. Eddy's knowledge of Swedenborg, said: "No, Swedenborg, and all other such writers, are sealed books to her. She cannot understand such utterances and never could, but dollars and cents she understands thoroughly." (McClure's Magazine, October, 1907, p. 699.) Dr. Craig, however, quotes similar statements from both writers which prove that there is some connection between them. He thinks that the "Divine Mind," spoken of by Mrs. Eddy, is the same as the "spiritual mind" described by Swedenborg. The latter, however, belongs to a finite individual, but the former to God. In like manner, Dr. Craig believes the "mortal mind," spoken of by Mrs. Eddy, is identical with the "natural mind" described by Swedenborg. In one thing, indeed, these minds agree--both being the seat of evil; but Swedenborg teaches that the natural mind is organized of finite substances and is a real organism; while Mrs. Eddy teaches that mortal mind is only an illusion, it is nothing. On examining the system of philosophy underlying Mrs. Eddy's teaching and comparing it with that of Swedenborg, we find that they are directly opposite to each other. Mrs. Eddy teaches the non-reality of the material world. Swedenborg teaches that both worlds are actual forms of created substances independent of any created mind. This question of the sources of Mrs. Eddy's teachings is, however, a very int...

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