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Whitley Seaside Chronicle

A correspondent whose letter appears in your issue of the 11th instant has made the not unusual mistake of the rationalist in assuming that because Christian Science does not conform to his views it must be based upon a fallacy, and he seeks to support his attitude by claiming that matter is real. It is almost surprising in this scientific age to find that claim put forward. Herbert Spencer said: "Matter, then, in its ultimate nature, is as incomprehensible as time and space. Frame what suppositions we may, we find on tracing out their implications that they leave us nothing but a choice between opposite absurdities." The late Earl Balfour, in his presidential address before the British Association for the Advancement of Science, in 1904, said that "matter is not merely explained, but explained away." Professor J. S. Haldane, Fellow of New College, Oxford, said: "The world, as represented in the language of physical science, can only be, as I have tried to show, a world of unreal abstractions. If, however, we mistake it for reality itself, we are only following a shadow." Professor Eddington, Plumian Professor of Astronomy in Cambridge University, has said, in effect, that physics has reduced the entire physical world to shadows and symbols. Christ Jesus said, "The flesh profiteth nothing," and John that "the world passeth away, and the lust thereof." Eventually natural science will come to recognize matter as a misconception of the underlying reality of Spirit.

Christian Science teaches that God is Spirit and that the universe is spiritual, not material. We are able to grasp this truth in proportion as we have that Mind in us "which was also in Christ Jesus." The complete teachings of Christian Science will be found in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

In reply to our critic's statement that God must have a cause: God is eternal, self-existent Mind. It would be impossible for any cause to have preceded this eternal Mind.

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