Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappear‐ing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front. 18Hidden agentsThe looms of crime, hidden in the dark re‐cesses of mortal thought, are every hour weav‐ing webs more complicated and subtle. So secret are the 21present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires. The following 24is an extract from the Boston Herald:
“Mesmerism is a problem not lending itself to an easy explanation and development. It implies the exercise 27of despotic control, and is much more likely to be abused by its possessor, than otherwise employed, for the in‐dividual or society.”
30 Mankind must learn that evil is not power. Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness. Christian Science despoils the kingdom of evil, and pre-eminently 103 103:1promotes affection and virtue in families and therefore in the community. The Apostle Paul refers to the 3Mental despotismpersonification of evil as “the god of this world,” and further defines it as dishonesty and craftiness. Sin was the Assyrian moon-god.