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A recent critic asks, "Could anything be found more preposterous...
A recent critic asks, "Could anything be found more preposterous than to seek to pervert the teachings of the Bible to that of a cast-iron science?" This inquiry is an excellent text on which to base an explanation of Christian Science. All science is cast iron in just so far as it is scientific. To put it quite simply, law is that in which no variation ever has been or ever can be.
A broken law, says Huxley, never was a law. The more absolute, then, from a relative standard, any observed fact becomes, the more scientific it appears to be; but it is only if it is entirely absolute that it is absolutely scientific. This is, of course, what the deepest of medieval thinkers, the Franciscan, Thomas Aquinas, meant when he insisted that the only absolute science was the science of theology, or the Word of God; every other so-called science being based on human knowledge, and therefore relative. Science, wrote Huxley five centuries later, is the answer a man makes to the question, What do I know? Now the most absolute, and consequently the most scientific, knowledge a man can obtain is a knowledge of absolute truth. Jesus of Nazareth put this with scientific exactness when he said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free;" free, that is to say, from ignorance of every kind. A knowledge of absolute truth, then, is a knowledge of the gospel, and it is the most scientific, or, to use the critic's word, "cast-iron" knowledge conceivable, for the truth about God is the spiritual fact in which there is "no variableness," and the law of God that in which is no "shadow of turning."
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