An interesting article appears in your issue of April, entitled...


An interesting article appears in your issue of April, entitled, "Is the Press Fair to Science?" The writer deals with what is popularly known as physical science, but he uses the word in such a limited sense that one might be led to believe that natural science was the only science. "Science" means "systematic and formulated knowledge," and the term is generally differentiated by the following adjectives: moral, political, physical or natural, exact or pure. Within the last sixty years the world has become familiar with the term "Christian Science." The writer refers to it as "superstition." This, of course, is an expression of thoughtlessness. Christ Jesus was the most scientific man the world has ever known. (See Science and Health, p. 313.) His knowledge was spiritual understanding of the great facts of life and the universe seen from God's point of view. His Science was the only true, exact, and pure Science, for he revealed the knowledge of the eternal and spiritual facts of true being.

Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, through her profound study of the Bible, and especially of the life and teachings of Christ Jesus, discovered the divine Principle, and its rules, which underlay the miraculous works of the prophets, our Master, his disciples, and the early Christians. It cannot be supposed that these works were the outcome of a supernatural power bestowed upon men, unaccompanied by spiritual understanding. Jesus said quite plainly that anyone who believed him would do the works that he did, and greater. This would be quite impossible without the same spiritual knowledge or understanding that he possessed. It was certainly our Master's intention that we should gain this. Mrs. Eddy perceived this at a very early age. On page 127 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she writes, "If God, the All-in-all, be the creator of the spiritual universe, including man, then everything entitled to a classification as truth, or Science, must be comprised in a knowledge or understanding of God, for there can be nothing beyond illimitable divinity." It would be impossible to find in the English language a more clear, precise definition of exact science.

That the natural scientists of to-day are approaching Mrs. Eddy's definition of matter is very apparent. In an article in the Outline of matter 23, Mr. J. W. N. Sullivan, writing on "The New Scientific Philosophy," says: "We do not start with matter, time, and space; we start with something that lies behind all these. And of the nature of this something, science tells us nothing. It is probable, however, that we have a clue to the nature of this something through our acquaintance with our own consciousness. It may be that the substratum of the world is what Eddington calls 'mind-stuff.' Thus, instead of starting with matter as fundamental, and deriving consciousness from it, we make consciousness fundamental, and regard matter as an aspect of it."

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