Whether he is aware of it or not our critic flings overboard...

Bridgwater (Somerset, Eng.) Mercury

Whether he is aware of it or not our critic flings overboard the whole teaching of the idealism of natural science as completely as the idealism of Christian Science. Materialism is the theory that matter is the only reality, and that mind is entirely dependent on it. Idealism, on the other hand, insists that matter is the subjective condition of mind. Now, if the teaching of idealism is true,—and some of the greatest thinkers in the world have been and are idealists,—it is obvious that all disease, organic, functional, or nervous, originates in the human mind, and that no system of medicine which ignores the mental cause and devotes itself to the subjective material effect has any claim to be regarded as science.

The idealism of Christian Science accepts the idealism of natural science as, relatively speaking, a true explanation of physical phenomena. But it insists that the human mind itself is only a negation, or counterfeit of the divine Mind, and consequently that, though the phenomena produced by it are, relatively speaking, true to the material sense, they are none the less, speaking absolutely, merely a misconception, or counterfeit, of the spiritual reality, and that, therefore, as Paul writes, "now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face," or, to reduce it to the less archaic phraseology of one of our greatest scholars, "now I see imperfectly in a mirror; then I shall see the reality."

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