Replying to the numerous erroneous and misleading...

The Standard

Replying to the numerous erroneous and misleading statements which appear in the article, "Philosophy and Morals of Christian Science," it is very evident that this denunciation of the teachings of Mrs. Eddy is the result of failure on the part of the writer of the article to grasp the fundamental truth upon which the structure of Christian Science teaching rests. And because of lack of such understanding, that which is in reality pure logic, unanswerable and unerring, appears to him contradictory and confusing.

Christian Science is pure idealism. Its followers believe it to be the restoration of primitive Christianity, reproducing the works of Christ Jesus in fulfillment of his declaration as to the capabilities of "them that believe." It accepts the Elohistic account of creation, found in the first chapter of Genesis and the first four verses of the second, as the true statement of creation—perfect, infinite God, supreme intelligence or Mind, the only cause and creator of the universe; and man in His image and likeness, perfect and eternal as God Himself. It also accepts the second account of creation, the Jehovistic, as the story of the origin of the false or material concept of creation, wherein appears all that pertains to the mortal belief of man, including sin, sickness, and death. This account relates exclusively to the so-called material creation, the counterfeit, the lie about the true creation, which has its only existence in the false consciousness which Paul termed the carnal mind. It was against this simulation of the true creation that Jesus made that startling arraignment recorded in the fourth gospel: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do ... When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." In mortal mind dwell the beliefs concerning mortal man, having no relation to the real man of God's creating who dwells "in the secret place of the most High."

February 1, 1919

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