Doctrine of Christian Science

Chattanooga (Tenn.) News

People who do not understand Christian Science have the opinion that it is an idealism, incapable of practical application and demonstration. Its followers, who have made it a study, do not think so. On the contrary, they maintain that it is as logical and capable of demonstration as a problem in mathematics.

Its operations extend to the simplest minutiae of our daily lives, lifting us above the worries and cares of life. Even a little child can prove its efficacy. On the other hand, it solves the most abstract and momentous questions of the Science of Being. It heals the sick man and reforms the sinner. It brings peace to the desolate, comfort to the broken-hearted, and purifies the consciousness of the evil-minded. It is a rebuke to vice and sin of every name, and an effectual one, for it goes to the root of the matter, and shows the wrong-thinker there is no pleasure in sin, and in proportion as this is understood its power over him diminishes.

One of the leading tenets of Christian Science, as given in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy, is that "happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love," and is never gained from a material basis or from sense-testimony. Christian Scientists believe with Paul, that the powers that be, are ordained of God (Good) and there are no other powers. God is all, the all and in all, and the only power there is. Mankind has been believing so long in two powers that it seems hard to overcome the fundamental faith in materiality. This is done individually. We do not change things. We simply change our concepts of things. God's universe is spiritual. Because we have been looking through a glass darkly, we seem to see it materially. What remedy have we, then, but to follow Paul's injunction and "be transformed by the renewing of your minds"?

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