Writing to the Romans of the significance of belief, and illustrating his point by reference to the prevailing notions of his countrymen respecting ceremonially pure and impure foods, St. Paul said, "To him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean." He thus recognized the significant relation of belief to the phenomena of experience, and in keeping with the same philosophy he might have said, "If any one believes that a given drug has curative power, for him it will seem to have such power." In fact, his statement supports a metaphysical teaching, against the reaffirmation of which in Christian Science, Christian as well as non-Christian materialists have hurled their most caustic ridicule, quite ignorant or forgetful of the fact that in the teaching which has incited their critical levity, Mrs. Eddy is but following the clearly expressed thought of the great and wise apostle to the Gentiles.

In the extent, continuity, and assumed authority of its rule, unwarranted belief is absolutely beyond compare. Dynasties and potentates have their little day and are gone, but the deception of false belief has never ceased to wield a dominion which has proved a disability if not a curse to its every subject. The nature of its hold upon humanity changes somewhat, but the fact of its sway even in this enlightened age is witnessed to by every existing wrong. All the ignorance and degradation, the injustice and imposition, the selfishness and sin, of those to whom the word of Truth has come, is directly traceable to the conscious or unconscious disposition of mortal man to cling to the belief of a lie

March 9, 1912

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