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July 1926

The Faith, the Falsity and the Failure of Christian Science.

Arch NeurPsych. 1926;16(1):126-129. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200250131015

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Abstract

Each of the authors of this volume has treated a single phase of the complicated picture presented by Christian Science, the opening chapters being devoted to a careful analysis of the various sources from which this system of "so-called" religious healing has drawn its inspiration. Dr. Riley, from investigations which have covered every printed article on Christian Science, its own publications and all of those articles which have had a bearing on this subject, shows that the origin, inspiration and even the name were derived from the vaporings of "the Portland Mesmerist, Quimby." He clearly proves this by documentary evidence showing the gradual evolution of "Mother" Eddy, her first halting steps toward independence, the gradual assumption of self-consciousness and finally the inevitable attempts to belittle, patronize and suppress the real source of her intellectual vagaries, Quimby's writings being referred to as an "unformed mass of illiterate speculations."

The early

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