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The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress

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 2018 by Steven Pinker 

Those who are governed by reason desire nothing for
themselves which they do not also desire for the rest of humankind.
—Baruch Spinoza

Everything that is not forbidden by laws of nature is
achievable, given the right knowledge.
—David Deutsch

The second half of the second decade of the third millennium would
not seem to be an auspicious time to publish a book on the historical
sweep of progress and its causes. At the time of this writing, my
country is led by people with a dark vision of the current moment:
“mothers and children trapped in poverty . . . an education system
which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all
knowledge . . . and the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have
stolen too many lives.” We are in an “outright war” that is “expanding
and metastasizing.” The blame for this nightmare may be placed on a
“global power structure” that has eroded “the underlying spiritual and
moral foundations of Christianity.”1

In the pages that follow, I will show that this bleak assessment of
the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong—wrong
wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn’t-be-more-wrong. But this book is not
about the forty-fifth president of the United States and his advisors. It
was conceived some years before Donald Trump announced his
candidacy, and I hope it will outlast his administration by many more.
The ideas that prepared the ground for his election are in fact widely
shared among intellectuals and laypeople, on both the left and the
right. They include pessimism about the way the world is heading,
cynicism about the institutions of modernity, and an inability to
conceive of a higher purpose in anything other than religion. I will
present a different understanding of the world, grounded in fact and
inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment: reason, science,
humanism, and progress. Enlightenment ideals, I hope to show, are
timeless, but they have never been more relevant than they are right now.

The sociologist Robert Merton identified Communalism as a cardinal
scientific virtue, together with Universalism, Disinterestedness, and
Organized Skepticism: CUDOS.2 Kudos indeed goes to the many
scientists who shared their data in a communal spirit and responded
to my queries thoroughly and swiftly. First among these is Max Roser,
proprietor of the mind-expanding Our World in Data Web site, whose
insight and generosity were indispensable to many discussions in part
II, the section on progress. I am grateful as well to Marian Tupy of
HumanProgress and to Ola Rosling and Hans Rosling of Gapminder,
two other invaluable resources for understanding the state of
humanity. Hans was an inspiration, and his death in 2017 a tragedy
for those who are committed to reason, science, humanism, and progress.

My gratitude goes as well to the other data scientists I pestered and
to the institutions that collect and maintain their data: Karlyn
Bowman, Daniel Cox (PRRI), Tamar Epner (Social Progress Index),
Christopher Fariss, Chelsea Follett (HumanProgress), Andrew
Gelman, Yair Ghitza, April Ingram (Science Heroes), Jill Janocha
(Bureau of Labor Statistics), Gayle Kelch (US Fire
Administration/FEMA), Alaina Kolosh (National Safety Council),
Kalev Leetaru (Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone),
Monty Marshall (Polity Project), Bruce Meyer, Branko Milanović
(World Bank), Robert Muggah (Homicide Monitor), Pippa Norris
(World Values Survey), Thomas Olshanski (US Fire
Administration/FEMA), Amy Pearce (Science Heroes), Mark Perry,
Therese Pettersson (Uppsala Conflict Data Program), Leandro Prados
de la Escosura, Stephen Radelet, Auke Rijpma (OECD Clio Infra),
Hannah Ritchie (Our World in Data), Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
(Google Trends), James X. Sullivan, Sam Taub (Uppsala Conflict Data
Program), Kyla Thomas, Jennifer Truman (Bureau of Justice
Statistics), Jean Twenge, Bas van Leeuwen (OECD Clio Infra), Carlos
Vilalta, Christian Welzel (World Values Survey), Justin Wolfers, and
Billy Woodward (Science Heroes).
David Deutsch, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Kevin Kelly, John
Mueller, Roslyn Pinker, Max Roser, and Bruce Schneier read a draft of
the entire manuscript and offered invaluable advice. I also profited
from comments by experts who read chapters or excerpts, including
Scott Aronson, Leda Cosmides, Jeremy England, Paul Ewald, Joshua
Goldstein, A. C. Grayling, Joshua Greene, Cesar Hidalgo, Jodie
Jackson, Lawrence Krauss, Branko Milanović, Robert Muggah, Jason
Nemirow, Matthew Nock, Ted Nordhaus, Anthony Pagden, Robert
Pinker, Susan Pinker, Stephen Radelet, Peter Scoblic, Martin
Seligman, Michael Shellenberger, and Christian Welzel.
Other friends and colleagues answered questions or made
important suggestions, including Charleen Adams, Rosalind Arden,
Andrew Balmford, Nicolas Baumard, Brian Boutwell, Stewart Brand,
David Byrne, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Gregg Easterbrook,
Emily-Rose Eastop, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Jennifer Jacquet, Barry
Latzer, Mark Lilla, Karen Long, Andrew Mack, Michael McCullough,
Heiner Rindermann, Jim Rossi, Scott Sagan, Sally Satel, and Michael
Shermer. Special thanks go to my Harvard colleagues Mahzarin
Banaji, Mercè Crosas, James Engell, Daniel Gilbert, Richard McNally,
Kathryn Sikkink, and Lawrence Summers.
I thank Rhea Howard and Luz Lopez for their heroic efforts in
obtaining, analyzing, and plotting data, and Keehup Yong for several
regression analyses. I thank as well Ilavenil Subbiah for designing the
elegant graphs and for her suggestions on form and substance.
I am deeply grateful to my editors, Wendy Wolf and Thomas Penn,
and to my literary agent, John Brockman, for their guidance and
encouragement throughout the project. Katya Rice has now
copyedited eight of my books, and I have learned and profited from
her handiwork every time.
Special thanks go to my family: Roslyn, Susan, Martin, Eva, Carl,
Eric, Robert, Kris, Jack, David, Yael, Solomon, Danielle, and most of
all Rebecca, my teacher and partner in appreciating the ideals of the

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The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity


Subjects: | MESH: Heredity—genetics

The whole subject of inheritance is wonderful.
—Charles Darwin

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh- The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
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About the Author
CARL ZIMMER writes the Matter column for the New York Times and
has contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time, and
Scientific American. He has won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, among
many other honors, for his journalism. Zimmer teaches science writing
at Yale University. His previous books include Parasite Rex, Evolution:
The Triumph of an Idea, and Microcosm.

“No one unravels the mysteries of science as brilliantly and compellingly as Carl
Zimmer, and he has proven it again with She Has Her Mother’s Laugh—a
sweeping, magisterial book that illuminates the very nature of who we are.”
—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z
“She Has Her Mother’s Laugh is at once far-ranging, imaginative, and totally
relevant. Carl Zimmer makes the complex science of heredity read like a novel
and explains why the subject has been—and always will be—so vexed.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Sixth Extinction
“Humans have long noticed something remarkable, namely that organisms are
similar but not identical to their parents—in other words, that some traits can be
inherited. From this observation has grown the elegant science of genetics, with
its dazzling medical breakthroughs. And from this has also grown the toxic
pseudosciences of eugenics, Lysenkoism, and Nazi racial ideology. Carl Zimmer
traces the intertwined histories of the science and pseudoscience of heredity.
Zimmer writes like a dream, teaches a ton of accessible science, and provides the
often intensely moving stories of the people whose lives have been saved or
destroyed by this topic. I loved this book.”
—Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University, author of Behave
“She Has Her Mother’s Laugh is a masterpiece—a career-best work from one of
the world’s premier science writers, on a topic that literally touches every person
on the planet.”
—Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes
“Nobody writes about science better than Carl Zimmer. As entertaining as he is
informative, he has a way of turning the discoveries of science into deeply
moving human stories. This book is a timely account of the uses and misuses of
some of the science that directly impacts our lives today. It is also a career
moment by one of our most important and graceful writers. Here is a book to be savored.”
—Neil Shubin, University of Chicago, author of Your Inner Fish
“Zimmer is a born storyteller. Or is he an inherited storyteller? The inspiring and
heartbreaking stories in She Has Her Mother’s Laugh build a fundamentally new
perspective on what previous generations have delivered to us and what we can
pass along. An outstanding book and a great accomplishment.”
—Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind
“One of the most gifted science journalists of his generation, Carl Zimmer tells a
gripping human story about heredity from misguided notions that have caused
terrible harm to recent ongoing research that promises to unleash more powerful
technologies than the world has ever known. The breadth of his perspective is
extraordinarily compelling, compassionate, and valuable. Please read this book now.”
—Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley, coauthor of A Crack in Creation
“Carl Zimmer lifts off the lid, dumps out the contents, and sorts through the
pieces of one of history’s most problematic ideas: heredity. Deftly touching on
psychology, genetics, race, and politics, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh is a superb
guide to a subject that is only becoming more important. Along the way, it
explains some remarkably complicated science with equally remarkable clarity
—a totally impressive job all around.”
—Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
“Carl Zimmer is not only among my favorite science writers—he’s also now
responsible for making me wonder why there is more Neanderthal DNA on earth
right now than when Neanderthals were here, and why humanity is getting taller
and smarter in the past few generations. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh explains
how our emerging understanding of genetics is touching almost every part of
society and will increasingly touch our lives.”
—Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better and The Power of Habit
“With this book, Carl Zimmer rises from being our best biological science writer
to being one of our very best nonfiction writers in any field, period.”
—Kevin Padian, professor of integrative biology, UC Berkeley
“How every characteristic—from genes to personality—is passed down from
one generation to the next is one of the most fundamental, complex,
misunderstood, and misused enigmas of biology. In this beautifully written,
heartfelt, and enjoyable masterpiece, Zimmer weaves together history,
autobiography, and science to elucidate the mysteries of heredity and why we
should care. I couldn’t put this book down and can’t recommend it too highly.”
—Daniel E. Lieberman, Harvard University, author of The Story of the Human Body
“She Has Her Mother’s Laugh is at once enlightening and utterly compelling.
Carl Zimmer weaves spellbinding narrative with luminous science writing to
give us the story of heredity, the story of us all. Anyone interested in where we
came from and where we are going—which is to say, everyone—will want to read it.”
—Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds and Chance in the House of Fate
“Traversing time and societies, the personal and the political, the moral and the
scientific, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh takes readers on an endlessly
mesmerizing journey of what it means to be human. Carl Zimmer has created a
brilliant canvas of life that is at times hopeful, at times horrifying, and always
beautifully rendered. I could hope for no better guide into the complexities,
perils, and, ultimately, potential of what the science of heredity has in store for the world.”
—Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game
“With his latest work, Zimmer has assured his place as one of the greatest
science writers of our time. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh is an extraordinary
exploration of a topic that is at once familiar and foreign, and touches every one
of us. With the eloquence of a poet and the expertise of a scientist, Zimmer has
created a nonfiction thriller that will change the way you think about your
family, those you love, and the past and future.”
—Brian Hare, Duke University, coauthor of The Genius of Dogs

Table of Contents
A Stroke on the Cheek
1. The Light Trifle of His Substance
2. Traveling Across the Face of Time
3. This Race Should End with Them
4. Attagirl
Wayward DNA
5. An Evening’s Revelry
6. The Sleeping Branches
7. Individual Z
8. Mongrels
9. Nine Foot High Complete
10. Ed and Fred
The Pedigree Within
11. Ex Ovo Omnia
12. Witches’-Broom
13. Chimeras
Other Channels
14. You, My Friend, Are a Wonderland
15. Flowering Monsters
16. The Teachable Ape
The Sun Chariot
17. Yet Did He Greatly Dare
18. Orphaned at Conception
19. The Planet’s Heirs

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The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication

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About the Author
Raymond Buckland has been studying and practicing
Spiritualism, fortune-telling, Witchcraft, Gypsy magic,
and other aspects of the supernatural for fifty years. He
has had nearly forty titles published, with translations in
seventeen languages, including The Witch Book, The
Fortune-Telling Book, and the classic Buckland’s Complete
Book of Witchcraft. Of Romany (Gypsy) descent,
Buckland was born in London, where he obtained a doctorate
in anthropology. In 1962 he moved to the United
States and became affiliated with Wicca pioneer Dr.
Gerald Gardner. Buckland has been the subject of and
has written countless newspaper and magazine articles, appeared on many television
and radio shows, served as technical advisor for several movies, and lectured
on college campuses nationwide.

It all officially began on the night of Friday, March 31, 1848. That was the night
when two frightened children and their mother “spoke” with the spirit of a dead
(murdered) peddler.
The episode occurred at the Fox homestead in Hydesville, Wayne County,
New York. Hydesville was a small community founded by Dr. Henry Hyde in 1815.
The Fox family rented and moved into a small cabin in the community on December
11, 1847. For several weeks, strange, unexplained taps and knocks were heard in various
parts of the house. John Fox and his wife, Margaret, would move from room to
room, carefully examining both the outside and the inside of the building, searching
for the source of these noises. They ensured that shutters were tightly fastened and
that no tree limbs rattled against the structure; that cupboard doors were fixed firmly
and animals safely penned. Yet night after night the noises continued. It was usually
during the hours of darkness that the raps and taps were heard, causing John and Margaret
to prowl the house through the night, with lanterns in hand.
As the weeks passed, the noises continued, and the Fox’s two young daughters
became more and more distraught. Margaretta was seven and Cathie, or Kate, was ten
years of age. They were disturbed by the noises but also upset by their mother’s reactions.
Margaret Fox was losing sleep and her nerves were frayed. The children begged
and were allowed to sleep in a bed in the same room as their parents. On the night of
Friday, March 31, 1848, the noises were especially loud, even in the early evening
before it really got dark. As the raps and thumps continued, young Cathie—on
impulse—sat up, clapped her hands three times, and said aloud, “Mr. Splitfoot, do as I
do.” (The children, thinking of a cloven-hoofed imp, had dubbed the perpetrator “Mr.
Splitfoot.”) Immediately there came three raps on the wall. Cathie repeated her claps
and the spirit repeated the raps. Then the girl sat silent and no noise was heard.
Cathie’s sister Margaretta cried out, “Do just as I do. Count one, two, three, four.” She
clapped her hands together to that count. Again, the raps echoed her, coming once,
twice, three times, and four times. Margaretta fell silent, in awe of the phenomenon.
Margaret Fox then had an idea. She spoke out and asked that the ages of her
children be rapped out. Immediately it happened. Each one of her seven children’s
ages was sounded. There was a slight pause at the end and then three more loud raps
were given, for the youngest child who had died at that age. Margaret was dumbfounded.
In a statement made later, she said,
I then asked, “Is this a human being that answers my questions so correctly?” There
was no rap. I asked, “Is it a spirit? If it is, make two raps.” Two sounds were given as
soon as the request was made. (History of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle)
So began the first recorded intercourse between the living and the dead. The
Foxes went on with their questions and slowly learned that the spirit was a thirty-oneyear-
old man, a peddler named Charles B. Rosna, who had been murdered in the house.
John Fox was not entirely satisfied and had his wife ask, “Will you continue to
rap if I call in my neighbors, that they may hear it too?” The raps were affirmative. Margaret
Fox called in her neighbor, Mrs. Redfield. In her testimony, Margaret recalled,
Mrs. Redfield is a very candid woman. The girls were sitting up in bed clinging
to each other and trembling in terror … Mrs. Redfield came immediately (this
was about half past seven), thinking she would have a laugh at the children. But
when she saw them pale with fright and nearly speechless, she was amazed and
believed there was something more serious than she had supposed. I asked a few
questions for her and she was answered as before. He told her age exactly. She
then called her husband, and the same questions were asked and answered. (History
of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle)

Table of Contents
Introduction [xiii]
Acknowledgments [xix]

Acorah, Derek • Adare, Lord
(1841–1926) • Affirmations • Âkâsa •
Akashic Records • Alden, Willard
(1800–1878) • Allison, Lydia Winterhalter
(1880–1959) • American Association
of Electronic Voice Phenomena •
American Psychical Institute and Laboratory
• American Society for Psychical
Research • Anderson, George •
Andrews, Mary • Angel • Anka, Darryl
• Annali Dello Spiritismo • Anthony,
Susan Brownell (1820–1906) • Apparition
• Apports • Arigó, José (1918–
1971) • Art, Automatic • Asport •
Association of Progressive Spiritualists
of Great Britain • Association for
Research and Enlightenment • Astral
Body • Astral Plane; Astral World •
Astral Projection • Atlantis • Aura • Automatism
Babbett, Elwood (b. 1922) • Bailey,
Charles • Bailey, Lillian • Balfour,
Arthur James, First Earl of (1848–1930)
• Ballou, Adin (1828–1886) • Bangs
Sisters: Elizabeth S. (1859–1922) and
May Eunice (b. 1853) • Barbanell,
Maurice (1902–1981) • Barkel, Kathleen
• Barrett, Sir William Fletcher
(1845–1926) • Bayless, Raymond •
Belk Psychic Research Foundation •
Berry, Catherine (1813–1891) • Bible •
Billets and Billet Reading • Biofeedback
• Bird, J. Malcolm • Blake, Elizabeth
(d. 1920) • Blake, William (1757–
1827) • Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna
(1831–1891) • Book of Spirits • Book
Test • Borley Rectory • Boston Society
for Psychical Research • Boursnell,
Richard (1832–1909) • British College
of Psychic Science • British National
Association of Spiritualists • Britten,
Emma Floyd Hardinge (1823–1899) •
Brown, Margaret Lumley • Brown,
Rosemary (b. 1917) • Browne, Sylvia •
Buddhism • Burroughs, Hugh Gordon
Cabinet • Caddy, Peter and Eileen •
Cahagnet, Alphonse (1809–1885) •
Camp Chesterfield • Camp Edgewood •
Camp Meetings • Campbell Brothers:
Allen B. Campbell (1833–1919) and
Charles Shourds (d. 1926) • Carington,
Walter Whateley (1884–1947) • Carrington,
Hereward (1881–1959) •
Carter, Dr. Jeremiah F. (1814–1897) •
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp • Cayce,
Edgar (1877–1945) • Center for Spiritualist
Studies • Chair Test • Chakra •
Channeling • Chapman, George (b.
1921) • Ch’i • China • Church of the
New Jerusalem, The • Churchill, Sir
Winston Leonard Spencer (1874–1965)
• Circle • City of Light, The •
Clairalience • Clairaudience • Clairgustance
• Clairhambience • Clairsentience
• Clairvoyance • Colburn, Nettie
(Mrs. William Porter Maynard) (d.
1892) • College of Psychic Studies •
College of Spiritualist Studies •
Colville, Wilberforce Juvenal
(1860–1917) • Compton, Elizabeth J.
(b. 1830) • Computers • Cone of Power
• Control • Cook, Florence (1856–
1904) • Cook, Katie • Crandon, Mina
Stinson (“Margery”) (1888–1941) •
Croiset, Gérard (1909–1980) • Crookall,
Dr. Robert (1890–1981) • Crookes, Sir
William (1832–1919) • Cross Correspondence
• Crystal Gazing • Crystals •
Cull, Jean (b. 1943) • Cummins, Geraldine
(1890–1969) • Curran, Pearl
Davenport Brothers: Ira Erastus
(1839–1911) and William Henry
(1841–1877) • Davis, Andrew Jackson
(1826–1910) • Deane, Ada Emma • De
Gasparin, Count Agenor (1810–1871)
• De Guldenstubbé, Baron L.
(1820–1873) • Déjà Vu • Denton, Professor
William (1823–1883) • D’Esperance,
Madame (Elizabeth Hope—
1855–1919) • Development Circle •
Dingwall, Eric John (1890–1986) •
Direct Voice • Direct Writing • Distant
Healing • Divination • Divining Rod •
Dixon, Jeane (1918–1987) • Doyle, Sir
Arthur (1859–1930) • Dreams •
Drop–In • Drummer of Tedworth •
Duncan, Helen Victoria (1897–1956)
Ectoplasm • Eddy Brothers: Horatio and
William • Edmonds, John Worth
(1816–1874) • Edward, John (b. 1969)
• Edwards, Harry (1893–1976) • Eglinton,
William (b. 1857) • Egyptians •
Eisenbud, Jule (1908–1998) • Electronic
Voice Phenomena (EVP) • Empath •
Endor, Woman of • d’Esperance,
Madame (Elizabeth Hope–1855–1919)
• Eva C. (Carriere) • Evans, Colin •
Exorcism • Extrasensory Perception
(ESP) • Extraterrestrials
Fairies • Faith Healing • Fay, Annie
Eva • Fay, Mrs. H. B. • Fielding, Francis
Henry Everard (1867–1936) • Findlay,
James Arthur (1883–1966) • Flammarion,
Camille (1842–1925) • Fletcher,
John William (1852–1913) • Flint,
Leslie (1911–1994) • Flower Readings
• Fodor, Nandor (1895–1964) • Ford,
Arthur Augustus (1897–1971) • Fortune,
Dion (1891–1946) • Fortune–
Telling Book, The • Foundation for
Research on the Nature of Man, The •
Fowler, Lottie (1836–1899) • Fox Family
• Fox, Oliver (1885–1949) • Fraudulent
Mediums Act • Fry, Colin • Fuld,
William • Fuller, Curtis
Gallup Poll • Garrett, Eileen Jeanette
Vancho Lyttle (1893–1970) • de Gasparin,
Count Agenor (1810–1871) •
Gatekeeper • Gehman, Rev. Beatrice
Anne • Geller, Uri (b. 1946) • Ghost •
Glossolalia • Goligher Girls • Grant,
Joan (b. 1907) • Greece • Greeley,
Horace (1811–1972) • Guardian
Angels • Guide • Guided Meditation •
de Guldenstubbé, Baron L. (1820–1873)
• Guppy–Volckman, Agnes Nichol (d.
1917) • Gurney, Edmund (1847–1888)
• Gypsies
Hallucination • Hamilton–Parker,
Craig (b. 1954) and Jane (b. 1950) •
Hardy, Mary M. • Harmony Grove Spiritualist
Community • Haunting • Healing
• Health • Herne, Frank • History
of Spiritualism, The • Hodgson, Dr.
Richard (1855–1905) • Hollis (Hollis–
Billing), Mary J. • Home, Daniel
Dunglas (1833–1886) • Hope, William
(1863–1933) • Houdini, Harry (Ehrich
Weiss) (1874–1926) • Howe, Lyman C.
(1832–1910) • Hudson, Frederick A.
(b. ca. 1812) • Hughes, Irene • Hull,
Moses (1835–1907) • Hurkos, Peter
(1911–1988) • Husk, Cecil (1847–
1920) • Hydesville • Hypnagogic State;
Hypnopompic State • Hypnotism •
Hyslop, James Hervey (1854–1920)
Imperator • Independent Spiritualist
Association of America • Infinite Intelligence
• Infrared • Inspirational
Speaking; Writing; Art • Institut
Métapsychique International • Institute
of Noetic Sciences • Instrumental
Transcommunication (ITC) • International
College of Spiritual Science and
Healing • International Federation of
Spiritualists • International General
Assembly of Spiritualists • International
Psychic Gazette • Intuition • Italy
James, William (1842–1910) • Jesus •
Joan of Arc (1412–1431) • Juergenson,
Friedrich (1903–1987)
Kardec, Allan (1804–1869) • Karma •
Kelly, Rev. Thomas John (Jack)
(1899–1964) • Kilner, Walter John
(1847–1920) • Kirlian Photography •
Klusky, Franek (b. 1874) • Knight,
Gareth (b. 1930) • Knight, Judy “Zebra”
(b. 1946) • Koenig, Hans–Otto •
Koons, Jonathan • Kübler–Ross, Elisabeth
(1926–2004) • Kuhlman, Kathryn
Lake Pleasant • Lang, Dr. William
(1852–1937) • Lansing, Jessica • Laona
Free Association • Layne, Al • Leadbeater,
Charles Webster (1847–1934) •
Lees, Robert James (1849–1931) •
Leonard, Gladys Osborne (1882–1968)
• Le Shan, Dr. Lawrence (b. 1920) •
Levitation • Ley Lines • Light • Lily
Dale Assembly • Lily Dale Museum •
Lincoln, Abraham (1809–1865) • Livermore,
Charles F. • Lodge, Sir Oliver
Joseph (1851–1940) • Lyceum
MacLaine, Shirley (b. 1934) • Maeterlinck,
Maurice (1862–1949) • Maginot,
Adèle • Mak, Arie (b. 1914) • Mana •
Manning, Matthew (b. 1955) • Mansfield,
Dr. J. V. • Mantra • Maplewood
Hotel • Marshall, Mary (1842–1884) •
Marylebone Spiritualist Association •
Massey, Gerald (1828–1907) • Materialization
• McConnell, R. A. (b. 1914)
• McDougall, Dr. William (1871–1938)
• McIndoe, John B. • McKenzie, James
Hewat (1870–1929) • McMahan, Elizabeth
Anne (b. 1924) • Meditation •
Medium; Mediumship • Medium’s
League • Meek, George W. • Mellon,
Annie Fairlamb • Melzer, Heinrich (b.
1873) • Mental Mediumship • Mentor
• Meredith, Rev. Chris • Mesmer, Franz
Anton (1734–1815) • Messages •
Metagraphology • Metaphysics •
Meyer, Jean (d. 1931) • Mikhailova,
Nelya (b. 1927) • Miller, C. V. •
Mirabelli, Carlos Carmine (1889–1951)
• Mirror • Mitchell, Edgar D. (b. 1930)
• Monck, Rev. Francis Ward • Monroe,
Robert Allan (1915–1995) • Montgomery,
Ruth (1912–2001) • Moody,
Dr. Raymond (b. 1944) • Moon • Morris,
Mrs. L. A. Meurig (b. 1899) •
Morse, James Johnson (1848–1919) •
Moses, William Stainton (1839–1892)
• Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
(1756–1791) • Muldoon, Sylvan Joseph
• Müller, Auguste • Mumler, William
H. • Murphy, Dr. Edgar Gardner
(1895–1979) • Myers, Dr. Arthur
Thomas (1851–1894) • Myers, Frederick
William Henry (1843–1901)
Nagy, Ronald Michael (b. 1949) •
National Laboratory of Psychical
Research • National Spiritual Alliance
of the United States of America •
National Spiritual Association of
Churches • National Spiritualist Summit,
The • Native Americans • Nature Spirits
• Near Death Experiences (NDE) •
Newbrough, Dr. John Ballou
(1828–1891) • Newspaper Tests •
Northage, Ivy • Nostradamus (Michel
de Nostredame: 1503–1566) • Numerology
Occult; Occultism • Odic Force •
Omen • Open Channeling • Oracle •
Orbs • Owen, The Reverend George
Vale (1869–1931) • Owens, Elizabeth (b. 1948)
Paladino, Eusapia (1854–1918) • Panchadasi,
Swami • Parakinesis • Parapsychological
Association • Parapsychology
• Parapsychology Foundation •
Parisian Society of Psychologic Studies
• Parker Brothers • Parkes, F. M. • Peebles,
Dr. James Martin (1822–1922) •
Pelham, George (1860–1892) • Pendulum
• Pepper, May S. • Perispirit • Phinuit,
Dr. • Physical Mediumship • Pickford,
Mary (1892–1979) • Piddington,
John George (1869–1952) • Pike, Bishop
James Albert (1913–1969) • Piper,
Leonora E. (1857–1950) • Planchette;
Pencil Planchette • Platform • Podmore,
Frank (1856–1910) • Poltergeist
• Poseidia Institute • Possession • Post,
Dr. Isaac (1798–1872) and Amy (1802–
1889) • Powell, Evan (b. 1881) • Pratt,
Morris • Prayer • Precognition • Prediction
• Premonition; Presentiment •
Price, Harry (1881–1948) • Prince, Dr.
Walter Franklin (1863–1934) •
Prophet, Elizabeth Clare (b. 1939) •
Prophet; Prophecy • Prophetic Dreams
• Psi • Psychic • Psychic Development
• Psychic Fairs • Psychic News • Psychic
Science • Psychic Surgery • Psychic
Telephone • Psychical Research • Psychokinesis
(PK); Telekinesis • Psychometry
• Puharich, Andrija Henry
Karl (1918–1994) • Pursel, Jach
Qabbalah • Quakers and Shakers •
Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
Rappings; Raps • Raudive, Dr. Konstantin
(1909–1974) • Raymond • Reading
• Red Cloud • Regurgitation •
Reichenbach, Baron Karl von (1788–
1869) • Reincarnation • Rescue Circle
• Retrocognition; Retrodiction • Revue
Spirite, La • Revue Spiritualiste, La •
Rhine, Joseph Banks (1895–1980) •
Richet, Professor Charles Robert
(1850–1935) • Richmond, Cora Lodencia
Veronica (1840–1923) • Ridley,
Hazel (b. 1900) • Roberts, Jane (1929–
1984) • Roberts, May Estelle (1889–
1970) • Rochas, Lt.–Col. Eugene •
Auguste Albert d’Aiglun (1837–1914) •
Rogo, Douglas Scott (1950–1990) •
Rome; Romans • Rosna, Charles B. (ca.
1812–1843) • Roy, William • Ryerson, Kevin
Schneider, Willi (1903–1971) and Rudi
(1908–1957) • Schreiber, Klaus •
Schrenck–Notzing, Baron Albert Phillbert
Franz, Freiherr von (1862–1929) •
Scole Experiments • Séance • Seer;
Seeress • Segrave, Sir Henry
(1896–1930) • Seidl, Franz • Sellers,
Peter (1925–1980) • Serios, Ted •
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616) •
Shamanism • Sherman, Harold Morrow
(b. 1898) • Showers, Mary • Sibyls •
Sidgwick, Professor Henry (1838–1900)
• Silva, Edivaldo Oliveira (1930–1974)
• Silver Cord • Skotograph • Slade,
Henry (d. 1905) • Slater, John
(1867–1932) • Sloan, John Campbell •
Smith, Gordon (b. 1962) • Soal,
Samuel George (1889–1975) • Society
for Psychical Research • Soothsayers •
Spheres • Spirit • Spirit Guide • Spirit
Lights • Spirit Photography • Spirit
World • Spiritism; Spiritist • Spiritual
Frontiers Fellowship International •
Spiritual Healing • Spiritualism; Spiritualist
• Spiritualists’ National Union •
“Splitfoot, Mr.” • Spokesperson • Spriggs,
George (1850–1912) • Stead,
William T. (1849–1912) • Stella C.
(Cranshaw) (b. 1902) • Stewart, Balfour
(1827–1887) • Stockwell, Tony (b.
1969) • Stokes, Doris (d. 1987) •
Stratford, Connecticut • Summerland •
Swaffer, Hannen (1879–1962) • Swedenborg,
Emmanuel (1688–1722) •
Symbolism • Synchronicity
Table Tipping; Table Turning • Talking
Board • Tape Recorder •
Tarot Cards • Telepathy • Teleportation
• Tenhaeff, Wilhelm Heinrich Carl
(1894–1981) • Theosophical Society •
Third Eye • Thompson, Mrs. R. •
Thoughtography • Trance • Transfiguration
• Tremblers • Trumpet • Tuttle,
Hudson (1835–1910) • Twain, Mark
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835–
1910) • Twigg, Ena (b. 1914) • Two Worlds
U, V
Universal Spiritualist Association •
Van Praagh, James • Vasilier, Dr. Leonid
L. (1891–1966) • Vietnamese Spiritualism
• Visualization • Vodoun; Voudon
• Voices, Spirit
Webber, John Boaden (Jack) (1907–
1940) • West, Mae (1893–1980) •
White, Stewart Edward (1873–1946) •
Wilde, Stuart (b. 1946) • Williams,
Charles • Wingfield, Kate (d. 1927) •
Witch; Witchcraft • Woodruff, Maurice
(d. 1973) • World Wars • World ITC •
Writing, Automatic • Writing, Slate
X, Y, Z
Xavier, Chico Francisco Candido (b.
1910) • X–Ray Clairvoyance •
Yogananda, Paramahansa (1893–1952)
• Zener Cards • Zener, Karl • Zolar
(Bruce King) (1897–1976)

Resources [445]
Index [473]

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When, in the year 1924, we wrote the messages for the first
edition of this book, little did we dream that the truths presented
were to bless such vast numbers in so many parts of the world.
The results, down through the years, have been a demonstration
of the truth of the inspired declaration that God "is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph. 3:20).
During the forty-four years that have followed, six more
large editions have been printed and read by thousands of
ministers and laymen who have written to us telling how they
have been enlightened and blessed, soul and body, through
reading and rereading these messages.

In this book we have tried to use the vocabulary common
people understand. A continual stream of testimonies comes to
us from those soundly converted and miraculously healed
through their own faith, which came to them while reading and
meditating on the truths of the Bible, which we have tried to make plain.

We have proved thousands of times, and are continuing to
prove, that by the simple presentation of enough of the written
Word of God to the minds and hearts of the incurably afflicted,
they can be brought to the same state of certainty and assurance
concerning the healing of their body as to the healing of their soul.

We are therefore increasingly thrilled over the privilege of
planting the "incorruptible seed," the Word of God, in the hearts
of those for whom Jesus died. O what a glorious fact that we
have each been "bought with a price" to be the Lord's garden in
which His "imperishable seed," the Word, is to be continually
"planted," "watered," and "cultivated," so that it can produce
present and eternal wonders.

In the "seed" there are possibilities beyond the power of the
human mind to conceive, just as in a little seed there is a
potential tree a million times bigger than the seed. All of God's
wonderful works are potentially in the seed. By keeping God's
garden planted, as the farmer does his fields, a child of God can
accomplish things a thousand times greater than men of the
highest human talents can accomplish, by receiving His promises.

We have found that those who have tuned in the broadcasts
of the National Radio Revival, most of whom we have never
seen, by reading the healing and other literature we have
published, get a much broader understanding than those who
hear only an occasional message in our public meetings. Because
they can be reread and studied, our messages in printed form
produce better results in the souls and bodies of those for whom
we pray than in some who attend our meetings and desire to be
prayed for before they hear enough of the Word of God to produce faith.

This book is sent out with the earnest prayer that many
thousands more may learn to appropriate the many blessings
promised in the Bible. "We desire that every one of you ..... [
followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the
promises" (Heb. 6:11-12).
F. F. Bosworth

by Bob Bosworth
T. B., "galloping" consumption —the prognosis was a death
warrant. The future became bleak. In those days, there was no
cure for this killer disease in its later stages.
Fred Bosworth was on his way to Fitzgerald, Georgia, to say
goodbye to his parents. The doctors had warned that he would
probably not live long enough to make the trip, but God had His
hand on this young man. He arrived in a dying condition, but
still alive.

Healed by God's Power
Bosworth met a Methodist woman, a "Bible woman," who
used to walk the hills of Georgia and the Carolinas selling Bibles
and preaching the Gospel. Mattie Perry looked intently at him
and said, "Fred Bosworth, you are young. You are a Christian,
and if you died today, you would go straight to Heaven. But I
am here to tell you that if you die today, it will be the most
selfish act you have ever committed. God's plan is that we
should live to be at least three score and ten (Ps. 90:10). What
about all the people that God has ordained for you to reach?"
Young F. F. Bosworth said, "Miss Perry, would you pray for
me?" She said, "I wouldn't waste my prayers on someone who is
just going to lay there and die." Fred thought, "If I lay here, I am
going to die. If I get up, I can't do any worse than that." He told
Miss Perry that if she would pray for him, he would get up. She
prayed for him, he got up, and was instantly healed.

A New Future
Fred Bosworth had no way of knowing the long, difficult,
and glorious road ahead of him. He did not know that God
would call him to preach, make him successful, and take him to
other countries of the world. Little did he know that his own
healing was a seed that would bear much fruit.
At the time of his healing, there was little biblical teaching on
God's attitude toward sickness, but there was a lot of theological
tradition that excluded healing in the Atonement. Praying for
sickness with the faith destroying words, "if it be Thy will," left
the sick and suffering without a solid hope.
After God called him into ministry, during personal study
throughout the Old and New Testament, Bosworth received the
revelation that healing was in the Atonement, and, therefore,
part of the Gospel. When he discovered this truth, he vowed to
God that he would never again base his faith and doctrine on
human experience or man's teaching. He would base his faith
only on what God said in His Word. He would pray for the sick
only on that basis; if they dropped dead when he prayed for
them, he would step over the dead body and pray for the next one.

The Sunset Years
Finally, after a rich and successful life and ministry, F. F.
Bosworth began his sunset years. His compassion for those who
were sick and suffering had driven him. Often he would pray for
the sick all day and all night, never sparing himself. In weariness
and deep fatigue he began to feel the effects of an overloaded
ministry schedule through the years—it was as if he had already
lived two lives. During World War II, with gas rationing, he was
very restricted in his ability to travel to meetings. Yet it was
difficult not to be preaching continually.

Restored—The Second Wind
There was a period of frustration. Was his ministry over?
Had he run his course? He did not believe in the worldly
doctrine of retirement. What was he to do? As he prayed and
waited, God raised up a healing revival following the war. Many
evangelists were raised up who needed the experience and
wisdom of a mentor. He again began to teach the truths he knew,
and found great satisfaction. This was just the beginning.

Breaking Free—Overseas Ministry
In 1952, at the age of seventy-five,
F. F. Bosworth went to
South Africa as part of a team of three evangelists. He was part
of the greatest ministry that ever hit that emerging nation. At the
Greyville Race Course in the city of Durban, the team had the
greatest religious gatherings ever held in that country. The
newspapers estimated that there were crowds of 75,000, with
25,000 turned away—there was not enough room to
accommodate the crowds. Thousands of hungry seekers, from
every religious, ethnic, and language grouping, were saved and healed.
This was the first time that Fred Bosworth had ever
experienced the spiritual hunger of what had been termed "the
third world." For almost fifty years he had poured out his life in
North America, a place that had become resistant to the Gospel.
He asked the Lord to not allow him to continue ministering in America.
After the age of seventy-five,
F. F. Bosworth ministered for
five consecutive years in intensive evangelism in different
countries of the world. He again drew on God's "abundant" life
as God renewed his vision and the strength of his youth.

The Ultimate Triumph
In 1958 Fred Bosworth returned from a year of meetings up
and down the mountains of Japan. In January he turned eighty-
one. His family was surprised to see him retire to his bed. When
asked what he was doing, he explained that God had shown him
that he had "finished his course," his ministry was finished, and
it was time to go Home. He said, "I sure don't want to hang
around down here!" All the children came home, for the first
time in sixteen years, and there was a great final reunion.
My father,
F. F. Bosworth, had prayed, asking God to help
him glorify God in his death as he had in his life—to die without
sickness. About three weeks after he took to his bed, we were
around the bed talking, laughing, singing. Suddenly Dad looked
up; he never saw us again. He saw what was invisible to us. He
began to greet people and hug people—he was enraptured.
Every once in a while he would break off and look around
saying, "Oh, it is so beautiful."
He did this for several hours. Finally, with a smile on his
face, he put his head back and slept. We took turns sitting with
him. My wife, Stella, was sitting with him when she suddenly
realized that he had stopped breathing. There had been no
struggle, no pain, no sound, no death rattle. The psalmist had
described it correctly—God had simply removed his breath and
he was home! "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?" This is the testimony and ultimate triumph of F. F.
Bosworth and CHRIST, THE HEALER.

Table of Contents
Foreword to the 2000 Edition 7
Foreword to the 1973 Edition 11
Author's Preface 13

Sermon 1 To Those Needing Healing 15
Sermon 2 Did Jesus Redeem Us from Our Diseases When He Atoned for Our Sins? 23
Sermon 3 Is Healing for All? 47
Sermon 4 The Lord's Compassion 67
Sermon 5 How to Appropriate the Redemptive and Covenant Blessing of Bodily Healing 83
Sermon 6 Appropriating Faith 105
Sermon 7 How to Receive Healing from Christ 111
Sermon 8 How to Have Your Prayers Answered 125
Sermon 9 The Faith That Takes 129
Sermon 10 Our Confession 135
Sermon 11 Fullness of God's Life The Secret of Victory 145
Sermon 12 God's Garden 151
Sermon 13 Why Some Fail to Receive Healing from Christ 159
Sermon 14 Paul’s Thorn 183

Thirty-one Questions 199
Testimonies 205
The Ultimate Triumph
by Bob Bosworth 231

Christ the Healer.FFBosworth
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