The chemical analyst is given a clear, colorless liquid containing unknown substances in solution. He begins by adding to it a known chemical called a reagent. The mixture instantly clouds and blackens; dark powder in large quantity settles, and is separated from the liquid by filtering. But the same reagent must be again applied, and more black precipitate may form and require removal. The analyst continues the testing until the addition of the reagent produces no clouding of the liquid, thus proving that all of the element which caused it has been removed. By adherence to fixed rules, every substance present in the solution is finally ascertained and removed.

This process illustrates the work of the Christian Scientist. When the truth is first applied to human thought, the error made visible seems large in quantity and black in hue, but the action of the truth is to clear consciousness and to cast out all sin. The pouring in of the truth must, however, continue, with the rejection of all precipitated error, if scientific progress is to continue. When, with loving obedience to the given rule, the reagent of Truth is applied to error in solution, even to what seems to human sense to be clear, stainless purity, "we get at last the clear straining of truth, and impurity and error are left among the lees" (Science and Health, p. 65).

May 16, 1908

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