The teachings of Christian Science relative to the unreality...

Free Press

The teachings of Christian Science relative to the unreality of evil are criticized in a letter which appeared in a recent number of the Detroit Free Press. Perhaps this arises out of a misapprehension by your correspondent of the substance of those teachings. Matter is a human concept. In the evolution of the world's thought it has been surrounded by widely different and often contradictory definitions. Some years ago Lord Balfour, England's distinguished elder statesman, crystallized the prevailing judgment of physical scientists in his declaration that modern natural science had explained matter by explaining it away. A century and a half earlier Dr. Johnson asserted that matter must be real because he could stamp on it.

The human race will overcome its belief in mortality, not by ignoring such a belief but by the scientific understanding of man's real spiritual nature. The description in Genesis of what seemed to be a second or material creation, opposite in nature to the spiritual creation already recorded, is not without purpose or importance. Quite logically it follows the statement, "But there went up a mist from the earth."

September 15, 1928

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