Premise Precedes Conclusion

Boston Times

As in every logical statement, premise must precede conclusion in the teaching of Christian Science.

Recently I have been much impressed with the peculiar manner in which critics undertake to state this Science, by emphasizing its conclusions, not even mentioning its Principle; thus indicating their mis-information on the subject. For example, one lately said, "The basic teaching of Christian Science is that there is no matter," when in fact this abstract statement is a rather remote conclusion which is neither understood nor acceptable to the individual unless he first has some knowledge of the premise upon which it is based. Moreover, such a conception is offensive to all thinking people, and, when presented as a first lesson in Science, it prejudices the student, and hinders his acceptance of the truth. Even a Christian Scientist would stumble over this lesson if he were not previously prepared for it.

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