Monday, July 18, 2011
Did They Really Say That?
Prayer to a corporeal God affects the sick like a drug, which has no efficacy of its own but borrows its power from human faith and belief. The drug does nothing, because it has no intelligence. It is a mortal belief, not divine Principle or Love, which causes a drug to be apparently either poisonous or sanative.
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.12.
I don’t need Scripture to address this nonsense. A drug “has no efficacy of its own”? Well, when it comes to placebos when dealing with psychosomatic illnesses, what Eddy says is true. However, this is not what she is referring to. Real drugs have real effects whether you believe in them or not. Medicine, science, biology, physiology, etc all prove that drugs have effects on the human body. For Eddy to say different defies common sense, and yet her followers still believe this just because she said so.