With regard to associating the term "Science" with the...

Petaluma (Cal.) Courier

With regard to associating the term "Science" with the word "Christian," there is no good reason for limiting the term science to that which pertains exclusively to physical phenomena. In Wyclif's translation of the New Testament the passage in Luke which in more recent translations reads "knowledge of salvation," was by Wyclif rendered in the significant words: "science and health;" and it is certain that Jesus and his disciples understood the laws (or science) of life better than did other men, for this understanding was demonstrated through the works of healing and regeneration which characterized the early history of Christianity. St. Paul recorded his understanding of spiritual law, when he wrote: "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

While scholastic theology may consider the "doctrine of original sin" as essential to Christianity, yet this doctrine has never destroyed one iota of sin; whereas Jesus, the Founder of Christianity, healed the sick and reformed the sinner through his understanding of the eternal goodness of God and of His creation. He said to his followers: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." With reference to the exalted ground taken by Jesus, Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health, p. 476): "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." While it is indeed true that the man who is the likeness and the image of God does not need a Saviour, yet one who has so far lost the true concept as to think and act in a sick or a sinful way does need to be saved; and in every instance where such a man is reformed and restored to normal condition, the saving work of the Christ is manifest.

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November 25, 1911

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