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Christian Science accepts without qualification the declaration...
Christian Science accepts without qualification the declaration of Jesus that men must be born again, and it insists that this new birth only takes place as the carnal mind gives place to the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. If, however, the carnal mind is to be destroyed, the material body which is the material idea or image and likeness of the carnal mind must disappear, and the spiritual man appear. But if the carnal mind and the material body can disappear, it is because they are not the real mind or body, for that which is real is indestructible. It is here the theory of the unreality of matter emerges in Christian Science, and probably more nonsense has been talked on this subject, by people with a generous ignorance of what they are talking about, than about any other subject of interest to the world.
Christian Science is obviously spiritual idealism, and, as is the case in all idealistic teaching, it denies the reality of the phenomenon called matter. The theory has been put with complete frankness by one of the greatest chemists in Europe, a man whom the university of Oxford has delighted to honor: "Matter is only a thing imagined, which we have constructed for ourselves, very imperfectly, to represent the constant element in the changing series of phenomena. Now we begin to understand the actual—that is, that which acts upon us, is only energy, we have to ascertain by tests in what relation the two conceptions stand, and the result is without a doubt that of energy alone can reality be predicated." Now if the idealist of natural science acted logically on his premises, he would desist from the clumsy method of inducing mind to act on matter through material means. The human mind is, however, incorrigibly illogical, and the holders of these advanced theories, while declaring disease to be a mental effect, proceed to doctor it materially.
The Christian Scientist indulges in no such half truths. He declares matter to be unreal, just as the orthodox idealist, but here he parts company entirely with the idealism of the schools, and boldly accepting the idealism of the New Testament, insists that mortal mind or energy is itself unreal, and constitutes nothing but the negation of divine Mind, without whom "was not any thing made that was made." This, he insists, is the truth, the absolute scientific truth to which Jesus alluded when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Free from the false evidence of the material senses, which in insisting on the unreality of matter declare sin, disease, and death to be ideas of that divine Mind which created nothing that was not good, and in speaking of which Jesus himself said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
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THE HABIT OF HATING
HON. CLARENCE A. BUSKIRK.
LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB
WHAT CONSTITUTES LOYALTY?
WILLIAM HART SPENCER.
THE LISTENING EAR
M. ETHEL WHITCOMB.
ELOISE I. COOPER.
BURDENS: AN INTERROGATORY
CLARKE MC CUE.
HO! COME YE TO THE WATERS!
CHAS. C. SANDELIN.
It is not every public speaker who is favored by a would be...
Charles K. Skinner
Tally one more for Christian Science
An Old Customer
As to the question whether God never made man capable...
Algernon Hervey Bathurst
The atonement is, as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health...
George Shaw Cook
AN ACTIVE FAITH
THE ONE POSSESSION
John B. Willis
Annie M. Knott
with contributions from J. D. Utley, W. Howarth, W. C. Wurz
I have had many striking proofs of God's power, as well...
K. H. Bunting with contributions from Silas Cobb
We came to Christian Science for the healing of our son
Leslie A. Scott with contributions from W. A. Scott
It is with a heart full of gratitude and love to God, also...
Sarah Ann Broadhead with contributions from Janie Broadhead
At the age of eighteen, after a severe attack of...
Anna M. Snowell
About five years ago I was troubled with severe pain in...
Jay H. Frazier
Our experience in Christian Science is such a proof that...
I feel it to be my duty to send my testimony to the...
Mary A. Baldwin
I have often wished to tell of the many blessings I have...
Margaret M. Rush
ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP IN THE MOTHER CHURCH
John V. Dittemore
FROM OUR EXCHANGES
with contributions from R. J. Campbell, Charles W. Gilkey, E. L. M. Gould