In your kindly reference to Christian Science, you make...

Klamath Falls (Ore.) Herald

In your kindly reference to Christian Science, you make the statement that "it is based largely upon the belief that many of the ills the flesh is supposed to be heir to are but vagaries of the mind; that the cultivation of will-power and the creation of beautiful thoughts will tend to alleviate the greater portion of these."

Now this statement includes a very popular misconception of what Christian Science teaches. This religion is based upon the teaching that God is infinite, divine Mind. This Mind is expressed in a spiritual and perfect creation, including man in God's image and likeness, sinless and eternal. The suppositional opposite—for in reality infinite Mind can have no opposite—has been termed by Mrs. Eddy, mortal mind. This so-called carnal, or mortal, mind is made up of beliefs in materiality,—sin, sickness, and death. Christian Science teaches that all manifestations of evil are error, even as in mathematics the belief that two and two make five is an error, a mistake, a supposition that there is a time and place where two and two do not make four.

A mathematician does not employ will-power to overcome a mistake in mathematics. He well knows that the only way in which he can correct a mistake in numbers is by acquainting himself with the truth. Likewise, Christian Science teaches its students that evil, sin, and the ills of the flesh cannot be overcome by the use of the human will. Only through the understanding of God, and man as His image and likeness, can error be destroyed. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The practice of Christian Science is, therefore, the practice of scientific right thinking.

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