I have no desire to enter into a controversy with your...

Wanganui Herald

I have no desire to enter into a controversy with your correspondent who signs his letters "Common Sense," nor would I question the amount of reading he has done on certain subjects. I repeat, however, that these subjects have nothing in common with Christian Science; and his letters prove that he has no understanding of its teachings. The only "mysticism" Christian Science accepts is the "mystery" of Godlikeness, and the only Mind recognized by this teaching as having power to heal is that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." To be in conscious possession of this Mind is to be able to heal sin and disease in one's self or in another.

The following quotation from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 124) should answer part of your correspondent's letter: "Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We tread on forces. Withdraw them, and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter; but divine Science declares that they belong wholly to divine Mind, are inherent in this Mind, and so restores them to their rightful home and classification." On page 153 of the same book will be found the passage incorrectly quoted by your correspondent; and the "mortal mind" referred to is the author's name for the belief that life and sensation are in matter. As long as causation is sought for in matter it is not likely that anyone would use for a textbook any work which recognizes the mental or spiritual causation of all that really exists.

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