Our critic says that "Christian Science denies the reality...

Antigo (Wis.) Journal

Our critic says that "Christian Science denies the reality of matter without offering any explanation as to the distinction which Mrs. Eddy makes between matter and Spirit." Mrs. Eddy uses "real" in just this sense: that it is the creation of God, Spirit, and is indestructible. She never said that pain and death are not, relatively speaking, facts to the human consciousness. She did deny that absolutely, that is spiritually, they are facts; and so does the Bible. This distinction is in exact accord with what Jesus taught and demonstrated. In all that the Master said and did is seen the inevitable fact that there is and can be but one reality,—that of Spirit,—for nothing else besides God, who is Spirit, has a single element of perpetuity.

The statement by our critic that Christian Science denies the existence of mortal mind in one instance and acknowledges it in another for the sake of the argument, is not in any sense true. From beginning to end Christian Science maintains that mortal mind, or the "carnal mind," which St. Paul said "is enmity against God," is just as it is defined on page 592 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," namely, "a belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in and of matter; the opposite of Spirit, and therefore the opposite of God, or good."

Our brother who thinks that Christian Science is not "profound," needs a better understanding of what its teachings have wrought in the lives of suffering humanity. It has been well said by an editorial writer in the Chicago Tribune that "not only is the number of her following notable, but likewise its character. Mrs. Eddy has not swept into her church myraids of the unthinking and uneducated. On the contrary, her teachings have appealed to the highest classes, and the level of the character and intelligence of the Christian Scientists is everywhere high."

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