Christian Science is, as a matter of fact, the effort to...

London (Eng.) Sunday Times

Christian Science is, as a matter of fact, the effort to reestablish primitive Christianity, and primitive Christianity consisted not merely in preaching the gospel, but in healing the sick, and by healing the sick is understood, in Christian Science, not simply the overcoming of disease and pain, but the destruction of poverty and misery, of sorrow and sin,—in short, of all conditions which are inharmonious and so contrary to divine law. This law the Jews represented as largely the observance of ceremonies, and their view was summarily dismissed by Jesus in his simile of the outside of the platter. To him ceremonies were mere opportunities for losing sight of Principle. He expressed law in very different terms, in terms of persistent spiritual activity. To Jesus divine law was expressed not in the variability of an anthropomorphic God, dominated with the passions of His own creatures, but in the harmonious action of divine Principle, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Even the student of natural science demands as dignified a definition as this for law. Law, he declares, is that in which no variation ever occurs, and so law can only be defined as absolute Truth, since for absolute Truth alone can such a claim be made. Now, a knowledge of absolute Truth is without question the most scientific knowledge any man can ever hope to acquire, and this is undoubtedly why the writers of the epistles make use of a phrase rather unfortunately translated knowledge of God, but which should, of course, have been translated exact or scientific knowledge of God, and so of Truth.

February 25, 1911

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