"G. S. H." seems to be strangely fascinated by his conception...

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"G. S. H." seems to be strangely fascinated by his conception of "Mrs. Eddy's religion," which is not a new religion after all, but simply a restatement of the religion of Christ Jesus, who said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind;" and, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Here we stand on common ground. Mrs. Eddy, in her Church Manual (p. 17), writes of her purpose "to organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." This does not mean that the healing of the body is exalted to first place in Christian Science, but that it is recognized as an essential fruit of true Christian teaching, even as it was in our Lord's ministry and during the first three centuries at least of the Christian era.

We agree also that science means exact knowledge. When Christ Jesus said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing," he knew exactly the truth about the flesh or matter, and was making a scientific statement. Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 313) writes: "Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause." When Jesus defined eternal life as the knowledge of God and of His Christ, he gave a definition which is scientific. Doubtless Christian truth is a revelation of God; this does not imply, however, that it is unintelligible or irrational, but rather that it is grasped by the highest exercise of intelligence and reason. Therefore, by spiritually scientific inquiry God is known.

That God is divine Mind is not a mere theory but demonstrable fact. Paul wrote, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," and he refers elsewhere to the "mind of Christ," not as a mere theory, but as fundamental Principle. He also wrote of what may be translated as "the exact, scientific knowledge of God." Paul knew.

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