Christian Science has nothing in common with the philosophy...

The Saginaw (Mich.) Courier-Herald

Christian Science has nothing in common with the philosophy of India. It does not teach that the whole universe is a falsehood or the creation an unreality, but it corrects the false conception that God's creation was material. It declares that God, being Spirit, created all things spiritual like unto himself. Our critic, from his view-point, believes that "Mrs. Eddy undoubtedly imbibed the ideas derived from the various doctrines of transcendentalism which were being greatly discussed in her girlhood days, and out of them, more or less commingled, formulated her own philosophy; which is substantially that of the idealists that preceded her, particularly those of India." This theory may satisfy those who have not fully and conscientiously investigated the teachings of Christian Science to the extent of demonstrating the statements laid down in the text-book Science and Health, but those who have had the healing power of God proved in their own lives through Christian Science, after every other source of help had failed, know too well that the philosophy of India has nothing whatever to do with the origin of this religion.

The history of Mrs. Eddy's childhood days, which may be read in her book entitled "Retrospection and Introspection," and which is also referred to in some of her other writings, shows conclusively that she was a very spiritually minded child, seeking for things higher and better than matter with the undaunted faith that a truer and closer knowledge of God would prove Him to be the great and only help in time of need.

April 20, 1907

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