The tolerance exhibited by "Neophyte" toward Christian Scientists...

Warren (Pa.) Chronicle

The tolerance exhibited by "Neophyte" toward Christian Scientists and those of differing views, in a recent issue, is quite commendable. It is in this respect the very opposite of the spirit manifested by our clerical critic. With reference to "Neophyte's" allusions to pantheism and Buddhism, I have to say that it is impossible to read the works of Mrs. Eddy understandingly without discovering that Christian Science is the very opposite of both.

Pantheism is the belief of Spirit in matter. Christian Science teaches that matter is the supposititious opposite of Spirit; that matter is made up of finite human concepts, while divine Mind is manifested and reflected by, but not found dwelling in, spiritual ideas. "Pantheism," writes Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 279), "starting from a material sense of God, seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in matter. In the infinitude of Mind, matter must be unknown."

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