In a recent article in your paper, certain references were...

Sunday Tribune

In a recent article in your paper, certain references were made to Christian Science and to the teachings of Mrs. Eddy, which were not wholly true.

To say that "panpsychic hylozoism" is "one of the bedrocks on which the Christian Science belief is said to have been founded," is far from the fact. Hylozoism is defined as "the doctrine that matter possesses a species of life or sensation, or that matter and life are inseparable;" while Christian Science is based upon its "scientific statement of being," as found on page 468 of the Christian Science textbook,"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the first sentence of which reads thus: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter." Is it not apparent, therefore, that hylozoism is not one of the "bedrocks" upon which Christian Science is founded?

Furthermore, the statement was made that "Mary Baker Eddy taught that it is possible for the human mind at all times to control the body." To be sure, Mrs. Eddy's teachings do bring out the fact, as is recognized now by many thinkers, that the human body is but the externalization of the material, human mind, and that thought is reflected and depicted in the human body; but nowhere can it be found that the teachings of Christian Science indicate that this human mind is other than the counterfeit, or absence, of the divine Mind, which is God. This is clearly brought out in the second sentence of the statement of true being just referred to: "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all."

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March 25, 1922

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