Our critic takes exception to the teachings of Mrs. Eddy...

New Haven (Conn.) Journal-Courier

Our critic takes exception to the teachings of Mrs. Eddy that the physical universe is unreal, because to him the physical universe is "a mighty picture language," "a wondrous symbolism." Christian Science does not teach that the beautiful things of nature are but myths. On the contrary, Christian Science says in the language of Paul. "For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious." If that which constitutes the universe could be seen as it really is, from a spiritual instead of a material standpoint, it would appear as much more glorious to this exalted view as the infinite is to the finite. Christian Science does not change the true law and order of the universe, but it restores the spiritual sense of the universe by the annihilation of a false and material view of it.

Christian Science teaches that nothing exists as a spiritual reality which is a product of mortal mind, but that the universe is the manifestation of the one Mind, God. The religion of Jesus, the master metaphysician, was scoffed at by the Pharisees (the ministers of his day) and the lawyers,—the learned men. It was not popular because it denied the sensuous belief in the existence of matter, because, it required the student to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye, to renounce the time-honored beliefs which perpetuate sensualism and physical pleasures. To-day, because Christian Science reiterates the Master's words, and claims the supremacy of Spirit and the nothingness of matter, heals the sick and sinful in demonstration of its divine Principle, the materialist and the sensualist denounce its claims, attempt to class its healing effects with material phenomena, and openly condemn the Discoverer of Christian Science, whose consecration to her high mission and demonstration of her spiritual teachings have lifted thousands from hopeless invalidism and degradation to health and purer living.

Mrs. Eddy does not deny that man, the idea of God, has substance, form, color, or outline, because he is spiritual, but she does deny that God's image and likeness can be a sick, sinning, dying mortal. It is the denial of mortal selfhood and the realization that man in God's likeness is pure and perfect, inseparable from his divine Principle,—Love,--which is bringing to light the real creation and breaking the dream of life in matter, setting mankind free, physically and morally.

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November 16, 1907

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