Faith-healing, Christian Science and Kindred Phenomena

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FAITH-HEALING

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND

KINDRED PHENOMENA

FAITH-HEALING

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AND

KINDRED PHENOMENA



BY

J. M. BUCKLEY. LL. D.



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NEW YORK

THE CENTURY CO.

1892

Copyright, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1892, by The Century Co.


The De Vinne Press.

PROEM

The link connecting the subjects treated in this volume is their dependence upon mental states. Should it be thought that Astrology, Divination, Apparitions, and Witchcraft are based upon objective facts, it is believed that the method of their explanation will show that they are properly classified. The author has adopted certain principles as working laws: namely, that before endeavoring to explain how phenomena exist, it is necessary to determine precisely what exists; and that so long as it is possible to find a rational explanation of what unquestionably is, there is no reason to suspect, and it is superstition to assume, the operation of supernatural causes.

CONTENTS

I

Faith-Healing

The Facts ;{ Testimony to Particulars Explanation of the Facts 14 Inductions ;{7 The Miracles of Christ and His Apostles .ss Claims of "Christian Faith-Healers." Technically so Called, Effectually Discredited 11 The Christian Doctrine of Answer to Prayer 43 Defense op Faith-Healers Examined 46 A " Missing Link" 52 Evils of this Superstition 55 Supposed Difficulties GO II Astrology, Divination, and Coincidences What is Astrology ? 70 Evidence Kelied Upon 74 Its Problems Mere Puzzles 7S Deaths of President Garfield and Louis Napoleon. 8'J Divination 88 Coincidences 03 So-Called "Laws of Chance" 09 The Letter M and the Napoleons 100 Interpretation of Coincidences 102 10 CONTENTS III Dreams, Nightmare, and Somnambulism PAGE History and Phenomena of Dreams 108 Search for Analogies 115 More Direct Evidence 122 Accounting for the Characteristics of Dreams ... 12S Mysterious Dreams Analyzed 13() Rational Use of Dreams 14S IV Presentiments, Visions, and Apparitions What is a Presentiment ? 152 Unsuspected Mental Resources 155 Impressions and Imperative Conceptions" IGO Analysis of Typical Presentiments 102 Visions 1 OS Habitual Visions 1 ?(! Visions of the Dying IS I Apparitions 18-i V Witchcraft Definition OF Witchcraft 107 Current Belief 108 Looking Backward 20;i Reversing the Point of View 200 The Israelites and Witchcraft 208 Witchcraft and Christianity 200 The Problem 212 Does the Bible Teach the Reality of Witchcraft? 218 The Witch of Endor . 221 CONTENTS 1] PACK Trial op Cases 223 Explanation of Confessions 227 Explanation of Phenomena 225) Reaction from the Frenzy 23:{

VI

"Christian Science" and "Mind Cure"

Theory 243 Practice 251 Specimen Treatments 257 Mind Curers versus Faith-Healers, Mesmerists, Etc, 261 Tests of The Theory 203 Explanation of their Alleged Success 275


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