In the report of a lecture at Wesley Church, appearing...

Observer and Times

In the report of a lecture at Wesley Church, appearing in your issue of July 9, there are some misconceptions of Christian Science teaching which I should like to endeavor to make clear to your readers, if you will kindly grant me space to do so.

The lecturer is reported as having said, "According to Mrs. Eddy, God was mind and God was all." Mrs. Eddy, when defining God as Mind, invariably distinguishes the word "Mind" by using a capital letter; and the word used thus signifies God. Her definition of Mind, as found on page 591 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," reads as follows: "Mind. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined."

As there is only one God, Christian Science teaches that there is in reality only one Mind, and that the carnal mind" spoken of by Paul, is not of God at all, but is "enmity against God," a false belief in a mind apart from God which claims to accomplish evil as well as good. The temptation to believe in an evil as well as in a good mind is the root of all humanity's troubles, because it seeks to deprive God of His omnipotence; and until we entirely destroy the belief in a power opposed to God, we shall not completely overcome sin, sickness, and death. Christian Science therefore heals sin, transforms character, and overcomes disease by teaching that man in reality expresses or reflects only the Mind which is God; and God being Spirit, His reflection, man, must be spiritual, not material.

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December 21, 1929

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