In his introductory address last week, the Moorhouse lecturer...

The Age,

In his introductory address last week, the Moorhouse lecturer defined Christian Science as a latter-day agnosticism, which denied the spiritual possibility of the material world, and also its reality as an object of experience. The Gnosties propounded a problem to the primitive church in asking how evil could originate from a wholly good cause, and how Spirit could be confined in matter, and so-called orthodox theology has not yet solved it. But thousands of thinkers have found satisfactory answers to these awkward questions in Christian

Science, which affirms that God, Spirit, is the only cause and creator, and that the creations of Spirit are necessarily spiritual, and denies the actual verity or lasting continuance of anything which conflicts therewith. This is the antithesis of agnosticism. Christian Science nowhere denies matter as an object of experience; it does deny that there is or can be life in matter. All search by physical scientists for life in that direction has proved futile. The physical scientist of today has reduced matter to force. The step from that to mental activity is not a long one.

September 6, 1913
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