Speaking for Christian Scientists, permit me to say, first,...

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Speaking for Christian Scientists, permit me to say, first, that Christian Science does not teach its students to "hate" any one's beliefs, no matter how much they may disagree with them. As for the unreality of disease, there would be much less difference of opinion on this subject, if all who inquire into it would consider what is meant by the word "real" and what is taught by philosophy or natural science regarding the nature of matter. One of the definitions of "real" given by Webster is: "Actual, as distinguished from fictitious or imaginary; also, existing intrinsically or inherently, as distinguished from seeming or apparent." In accord with the last of these definitions, Christian Scientists regard nothing but spiritual facts, Spirit and spirituality, as "real," in distinction from that which is apparent or seeming. Understanding that God, Spirit, is real, Christian Science teaches that whatever is the opposite of Spirit must be unreal. This includes matter and all its phenomena. In the words of Mrs. Eddy, author of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468): "Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal."

August 25, 1923
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