The writer of a letter under the caption of "The Clergy...

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The writer of a letter under the caption of "The Clergy and the Doctors," deserves commendation for pointing out the fact that health is mental, and therefore not to be attained by material means. He is not correct, however, in saying of Christian Scientists that "having no conception of what matter is they call it 'nothing.'"

The correspondent might with equal propriety have said that Jesus had no conception of what evil is because he called the devil a liar. As his works testified, Jesus knew beyond a doubt that that which deceived mankind into sin, with its consequent suffering and death, was not true, therefore he virtually named evil "nothing." Now it is precisely because Christian Science reveals the whole truth about matter, namely, that it is but the subjective state of that false mentality which the apostle Paul termed the carnal mind,—that is to say, it is precisely because of what it knows about matter,—that Christian Science calls it "nothing." There is no alternative but to count matter as unreal, if one desires to abide by the teaching of the infinitude of Spirit, and do it intelligently.

When Mrs. Eddy first announced her views on the subject of matter, her critics greeted her with ridicule. But nearly half a century has elapsed since then, and it is remarkably interesting, to say the least, to note how during that time some of the foremost physical scientists have been approaching the adoption of these same views. The physical scientist has become rather weary pursuing the elusive atom, until he is suspiciously near the point of concluding that it is not there at all. Every successive step along the line of physical research is bringing the physicist nearer to the conviction that what he is examining is, after all, but a phenomenon of the human mind.

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