In an issue of your periodical you published a contribution...

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In an issue of your periodical you published a contribution under the caption "Pseudo Science," which makes the charge that Christian Science is "neither science nor Christianity." The writer declares that it "contains not a single basic principle which will admit of a scientific demonstration." Evidently he assumes that nothing which is not based upon material observation or matter is entitled to the name "science." We insist that there is something to know about spiritual being; that it is true, and hence justly entitled to the name "science," and that there is no legitimate authority for restricting the term "science" to material things.

Since our critic has made the assertion that Christian Science is not Christianity, let him show wherein it differs from the fundamental teaching of Christianity; namely, that God is Spirit, that Spirit is the only cause, the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending." Again, many of the foremost scientists of this age approximate to the teaching of Christian Science regarding the constituency or nature of matter. For example, Lord Balfour declares that "matter has been not only explained, but explained away." In his "Evolution of Matter," Gustave Le Bon, the great French scientist, who is probably the most advanced thinker of the age along this particular line, makes still more sweeping declarations. He asserts that he has caused matter to vanish without return, and that he has found that it ceases to be matter altogether, and he also declares that "energy is not indestructible. It is unceasingly consumed, and tends to vanish like the matter which represents one of its forms." Will our critic insist that these men are not scientists?

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