In a recent issue of the Free Press an article appeared...

Milwaukee (Wis.) Free Press

In a recent issue of the Free Press an article appeared under the caption "Doctor's Helps," purporting to be "the truth about Christian Science." The doctor's attempt to explain Christian Science is but another testimony to the fact that an error in premise begets a like error in the conclusion. The truth about Christian Science can never be deduced from the erroneous premise that "every single human creature born upon our earth is an image of our great creator." There is a distinction—and a very important one—which Christian Science makes between the fleshly man and the man created in the image and likeness of God. The dual concept of spirit and matter which has imposed itself in some degree upon every form of righteous endeavor is gradually giving way to the inevitable recognition of God, Spirit, and His spiritual creation, including all reality and being.

Although the doctor stated a fundamental fact in saying that "Christian Science eradicates physical and mental disorders by living in accordance with the standard of truth, which standard has been laid down by our creator," it is equally important that the premise of Christian Science be adhered to if the Science is to be understood and demonstrated. Mrs. Eddy says that "it is not wise to take a halting and halfway position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is but one way—namely, God and His idea—which leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this fundamental point, timid conservatism is absolutely inadmissible. Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized" (Science and Health, p. 167).

Christian Science is the acme of completeness within itself, and cannot be made the adjunct of material ways and means, and any attempt so to use it would be but the exercise of a mistaken sense of the subject.

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December 12, 1914

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