Excerpt from Christian Science: Its Manifold Attractions Christian Science has a most attractive his tory. It is an old thing with a new name. The ancient Greek philosophers, and the venerable teachers of India held many of the views w promulgated by modern Christian Scientists. The period immediately preceding and follow ing the introduction of Christianity, was char acterized by the rise and development of many new and eccentric systems in religion and phil osophy. Chief among these systems were Gs ticism, Theosophy and neo-platonism. The neo-platonists professed to be hierophants as well as philosophers, and exhibited a tendency toward mysticism and magic. Many of these ancient worthies claimed a special divine illumi nation and professed to have the power to work miracles, heal diseases and raise the dead. The intellectual unrest and the inquiring spirit of the age led many to become disciples of these teachers, who made such pretentious claims, and who spoke so learnedly and mysteriously of the10 Christian Science: Its Manifold Attractions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.