Your issue of January 22 contains the synopsis of a...

Newry Reporter

Your issue of January 22 contains the synopsis of a sermon in which the clergyman criticizes the teachings of Christian Science. One and all of those who have done so have shown an extraordinary lack of comprehension of the subject, and this clergyman is no exception to this unfortunate fact. His remarks, he admits, are not original, but are based on the writings of one who, he says, has made a deep study of the subject. It is evident, however, from his reasoning, and from the fact that he has been unable to draw a correct conclusion from a stated premise, that his informant is equally misled.

Our critic seems amazed because Christian Science teaches the unreality of matter; but does not the Bible do so? "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof." That spiritual discernment of the unreality of matter is possible here and now is shown by the fact that John while on the Isle of Patmos, and on our plane of existence, saw the material heaven and earth vanish before God, and "there was found no place for them;" and he discerned the new heaven and earth, or the spiritual creation.

Many physical scientists to-day are recognizing that matter is a mental phenomenon. For instance, Professor Eddington, Plumian Professor of Astronomy in Cambridge University, stated recently: "A reversion to the old solid type of atom is now unthinkable. ... In fact, physics had found so little scope left for substance that it had abolished the conception altogether;" while in a review of the latest book of J. W. N. Sullivan, "The Basis of Modern Science," the reviewer quoted Mr. Sullivan as saying that it is quite possible that the actual substance of the universe is mental.

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