[Arthur E. Blainey, Committee on Publication for Ontario, Canada, in the Daily Star, Toronto]

Recently two correspondents, one writing in your issue of...

Recently two correspondents, one writing in your issue of June 8 and the other on June 13, inaccurately and inadequately made use of a statement from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I am sufficiently solicitous for the welfare of your readers to correct possible misunderstandings of the quotation referred to, which when correctly quoted in full reads: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual" (p. 468). As is readily apparent, Mrs. Eddy, the author of the foregoing statement, known as "the scientific statement of being," here gives definite reasons for, and definite conclusions reached by, her statement regarding the spiritual facts of being.

Without any desire to enter the controversy, I would refer briefly to the conclusion drawn by "Justruth," who, after quoting in part the statement above referred to, proceeded to explain, "In other words, all within the knowledge or consciousness of man are mere illusions." Need I add that this is not the teaching of Christian Science? Mrs. Eddy's teaching, based on Scriptural authority, conclusively presents the facts that all within the consciousness of the real man— the image and likeness of God—is not mere illusion but positive spiritual truth. Many so-called human beliefs are undoubtedly mere illusions, and thus comprise a mortal, temporary sense of things; but there is a wide divergence between false belief and positive truth. Fortunately, the conclusion of the whole matter is adequately and definitely presented by Christ Jesus in his terse and irrefutable statement, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." This fact was undoubtedly clearly understood by Paul when he wrote, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

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November 23, 1929

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