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Be alert to “complicated and subtle” webs

From the October 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Are you aware of animal magnetism? This is a term used in Christian Science to denote the nature of all evil as a mesmeric but mistaken belief in a power apart from God.

A speaker at a Christian Science association meeting once brought the attention of those attending to this statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires” (p. 102).

The speaker explained the importance of steadily increasing our vigilance and defensive prayers to discern and overcome these “more complicated and subtle” webs in order to be more effective Christian healers. 

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